Can it be, Vikings fans? Saints, Falcons, Steelers wins?


"I don't know how the Boston Globe would know because I haven't made any decisions yet", Zimmer said.

That makes the Saints a little more banged up than they'd like to be heading into today's game. Mike Zimmer took over as coach the following season. Scored 382 points, 40 offensive TD in 16 games in '17 (scored 327 points, 29 offensive TD in '16)...1,957 rushing yards in 16 games (122.3 YPG) in '17; NFL-low 1,205 rushing yards (75.3 YPG) in '16...

The Vikings have done a tremendous job of slowing down opposing team's running backs this season and that'll be one of their top priorities against the Saints.

"I think now there's more of a sense of balance on offence", Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said when asked why, other than the defence, the team is better off without Peterson.

If the Saints want to avenge their Week 1 loss to the Vikings they will have to give the Vikings a heavy dose of Ingram and Kamara.

A sellout and vocal crowd will be ready to do its part in what will be the Vikings' first divisional home game since 2009.

Now for Minnesota, their defense is just as good - if not better - than the Saints offense. With the Vikings planning to play man coverage on the edge and Brees able to deliver the ball with immediacy, Smith becomes the key player in the cat-and-mouse game with the Saints.

What changed for these Super Bowl contenders? We know what it is with that, we know our receiver situation, we know our defensive situation. But we found out who we are.

"I would very surprised if (Zimmer) dresses three quarterbacks for this game, " said Joe Theismann, a longtime National Football League analyst who won a Super Bowl as Washington's starting quarterback in the 1982 season.

Lattimore, the No. 11-overall draft pick out of Ohio State, has played well for the Saints in his rookie year and figures to shadow Diggs, who caught 64 passes for 849 yards and eight TDs this season.

Bradford hasn't played in a full game since throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the opener against the Saints. For example, quick passes to running back Jerrick McKinnon out of the backfield could go a long way toward winning this game. "That we couldn't have nice things", said Herb Kuehl, 70, of Roseville. They've been mixing him in and getting him some reps here and there.

The Vikings' unlikely starting quarterback is one of the biggest reasons the team is at home in the second round of the playoffs.

They have to face one of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation though in Drew Brees, who picked apart the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Wild Card Game last weekend.