The 13-3 Saints are as deep and talented a team as there is in the NFL. They lost future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees for five games this season and barely blinked. The Saints come into this game with the least turnovers in the NFL this season. Their offense is on a roll, having scored 34 or more points in five of their last six games. A team on a mission after the team was robbed in the NFC Championship game a year ago, this Saints team will be tough to beat.
The 10-6 Vikings stumbled their way into the playoffs this year. They lost two straight games and three of their last five to close out the regular season. All the old questions about Kirk Cousins’ ability to win the big game have resurfaced, as the Vikings were dominated by playoff teams this year, to the tune of a 1-4 record. For the most part the Vikings have done their best when they have asked Cousins to do as little as possible and left things up to their running game and defense. Against an offensive juggernaut like the Saints that may not be a feasible plan.
This will be the fifth playoff game between the Vikings and the Saints, with the Vikings winning three of the previous four games, including “The Minneapolis Miracle” in the 2017 Divisional Playoff, 29-24, on Case Keenum’s 61-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs as time expired. With that game and last year’s NFC Championship debacle in mind, the Saints certainly have motivational material coming into this game
It’s the Saints and the Vikings as one of the best weekends in the NFL season continues. Enjoy the game everybody.