What to Watch for as Saints, Vikings Battle to Face Eagles

2018 NFL Playoffs: History says Vikings are team most likely to suffer a heartbreaker

2018 NFL Playoffs: History says Vikings are team most likely to suffer a heartbreaker

"We know Drew Brees is still the man of the team".

That makes the Saints a little more banged up than they'd like to be heading into today's game.

Mike Zimmer doesn't make the headlines often enough as to how good of a coach this is, but make no mistake. The Vikings were third best in the NFL converting 43.5 percent of their third downs compared to a Saints defense that ranked 27th in the league by allowing 41.5 percent of third downs to be converted against them.

The Minnesota Vikings are the talk of the rust belt as they begin their path to potentially being the first team to ever host a Super Bowl. That was the first game of the year.

Postseason History: Saints: making 11th overall playoff appearance (11th since merger), 8-9 in postseason play (8-9 since merger)...Vikings: making 29th overall playoff appearance (27th since merger), 19-28 in postseason play (17-26 since merger)...

Before the Vikings' 2009 Super Bowl victory, the state was shrouded in a pall of pessimism and negativity that pervaded almost all aspects of life.

That's just fine for the fans, who are hoping New Orleans can gut-out a win in what shapes up to be a tough contest against the vaunted Minnesota defense.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara said it a recent profile that he feels like he can really express himself and show his true identity in the city of New Orleans. We know what it is with that, we know our receiver situation, we know our defensive situation.

"We've been very outspoken, since we found out we're having the Super Bowl here ... we wanted to be the first team to play in our own Super Bowl", said Rudolph.

"It's time", said Childress, elected in a landslide a year after leading the Vikings to victory in Super Bowl XLIV. This is going to be a very exciting game and while the Vikes have home field here I think the line is moving in the wrong direction as this one should be a field goal game. The Ohio State product had eight catches for 131 yards last week against Carolina.

But all of those accomplishments didn't mean Peterson was going to remain the ideal running back in a league where being able to do several things well is now a requirement.

"I've been a fan of his for a long time", Keenum said.

The duo of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon might not get you out of your seat with their moves, but they are far more reliable and complete. Sam Bradford was Minnesota's signal-caller that day, and he connected early and often with wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who torched the Saints secondary.

So who should they be rooting for?

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