Zimmer hasn't decided on Bradford's status against the Saints

Zimmer hasn't decided on Bradford's status against the Saints

Zimmer hasn't decided on Bradford's status against the Saints

The last time the faced the, the narrative featured the return of in an enemy jersey and the debut of Vikings rookie and Peterson-heir apparent.

"If it's minus-2 we're going to have the doors open so they have to wear their longjohns", he said of the Saints.

What has been the biggest change for each team since Week 1? The NFL coaching rumors are coming in hot right now, one team possibly found their next head coach, another nearing a deal, and one still in the interview process. The three-time Pro Bowler led the Saints this season with 13 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.

The good news for Thielen is the Vikings can also flip the ball to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who has one spot ahead of Thielen in the PFF receiver ratings at Nos.

Keenum completed 67% of his passes this season, throwing for over 3,500 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His season has been the stuff of sports movie cliche - the former practice squad quarterback signed for a dirt-cheap, one-year deal and then thrust into action due to injury - and, apparently, destiny - before leading his team to the doorstep of the promised land. Minnesota also has been without Cook since he tore his ACL in Week 4.

He's made a habit of being efficient in the passing game. Elflein will be back Sunday, but it remains to be seen what Minnesota's offensive line configuration will be.

At the time, a number of Vikings players and coaches accused the Saints of deliberately trying to knock Favre out of the game. Drew Brees loves playing in domes. In 2010, 2015 and 2016, he threw at least 18 touchdown passes and had at least 3,500 yards.

The Vikings are the superior team in this matchup.

And yet, as the Vikings have bludgeoned their way to 11 victories in 12 weeks, with their once-journeyman quarterback guiding a mostly faceless offense, Keenum has not been given the credit he deserves.

According to CBS Minneapolis, "The Sunday demonstration is planned for 2:30 p.m. outside the downtown Minneapolis stadium".

Of course, the Vikings defeated the Saints once already this season, but fans in Minnesota struggle to get the memories of what happened between these two teams less than a decade ago out of their heads.

As Payton mentioned, it's a combination of scheme and talent; more to the point, it's a combination of a pass rush that can force a quarterback to throw too soon and a secondary - and linebackers - that can cover receivers tightly. The Vikings defense will really be looking for a crowd that's as disruptive as possible so hopefully, if you're considering going you'll be able to be as loud as possible while the Saints are on the field to give them a little payback for the 2009 NFC Championship game. Minnesota's defense is for real, but I think we're getting a Falcons vs Saints rematch in the NFC title game.

I wanted to see on Friday how Bridgewater feels about all of this, what it's like for him to be back in the playoffs - albeit in a different role - for the first time since that game and how he's processed the Vikings' postseason trip at the end of a whirlwind year.

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