NFL Divisional Round Picks: Saints Vs. Vikings Odds, Analysis, Predictions


First, they found a potent running game with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara to form a foundation under the still strong right arm of quarterback Drew Brees.

Earlier in the week, Zimmer revealed he knows who will backup Case Keenum but would not disclose his plan.

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The Saints caught fire and won eight straight, paving the way to an 11-5 final record, an NFC South Division championship and a 31-26 wild-card round victory over the Panthers last week in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

With his favorite new toy taken away by the teacher, Brees just used his wide receivers to push the ball down the field. Keenum hasn't let go of the starting job since, helping get the Vikings to the playoffs by throwing 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

The thought of dealing with one Pro Bowl running back is scary enough, but things have gotten exceptionally more frightening with the emergence o Kamara.

Exclusively measuring quarterback experience and accomplishment, the Saints have a clear advantage over the Vikings in this divisional round game to help determine the matchup in the NFC championship game.

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The Jaguars defense is the best in the NFL. The Vikings' elite targets at receiver, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, make their passing attack that much tougher to defend. Their offense is second in total yards and fourth in total points. The OVER is 7-2 in the last nine games between these two teams.

Sunday's NFL Divisional Round wraps up with what, on paper, looks like the best game of the slate. "Who knows? Things could have been a lot different". Additionally Keenum should excel at managing the game flow.

The Vikings are ninth in the National Football League in red zone touchdown percentage. Coleman's absence could mean a larger role for Willie Snead in the Saints offense. "He's been that way since he was in college throwing for yards out of the sky, throwing everything he wanted to throw".

DVR Controls: Pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action. The Saints surrendered 4.4 yards per rush during the regular season, and they had some trouble with backs Christian McCaffrey and James White in pass defense.

But regardless of Sunday's outcome, the friendship between Payton and Zimmer will endure in the same fashion it did while serving together on the Cowboys coaching staff under one of the NFL's all-time great head coaches. When asked if Bradford would be ready to play for the Vikings if needed, Zimmer said, "I think so".

Look for at least 300 yards out of Brees as he picks apart the highly touted Minnesota defense by going to Kamara in the screen game and Thomas on deep routes as his main outlets.