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But who would be No. 2 on the depth chart for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints became a question with Sam Bradford returning to practice last week.

Keenum will call on tight end Kyle Rudolph to produce his first 100-yard receiving game of the season as the quarterback looks to play it safe and avoid Saints defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley.

With all that said the oddsmakers are favoring the Vikings in this one, largely do to their defense which ranked first in total yards and points allowed. "But I love the way that guy plays, and he's played extremely well for his team". All the other teams are an injury away from having no shot at winning the Superbowl. It's a much different Saints offense than the one the Vikings faced early in the season. "You know, obviously Dalvin had a good outing against them and ran the ball really good".

The Saints have played the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles twice in the playoffs, but no team has crossed their paths in January more than the Vikings. Ingram and Kamara were selected to the Pro Bowl after they tallied more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage.

"He's a good player", Shurmur said of Remmers.

In the second clash of the season, it will be interesting to see what the Vikings' offense will rely on since the Saints have bolstered their defense. "He's got enough size where he can anchor down, but he's also a guy that can move around".


Radio and TV talk show host Eric Asher said that New Orleans Saints are not same team that beat Carolina Panthers twice. The Saints will tell you otherwise. Led by quarterback Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints are the best underdogs playing this weekend. The Vikings are among the best in the National Football League at defending the run and defending the pass, so the Saints might struggle to move the ball consistently. Kamara rushed the ball seven times and Mark Ingram had six attempts for 17 yards. Vikings - QB Case Keenum set career highs in yards passing (3,547), TD passes (22) and passer rating (98.3).

Thomas, who was held to five catches for 45 yards by the Vikings in their Week 1 meeting, was passed off between defensive backs rather than shadowed by Rhodes exclusively.

With all the focus on Minnesota wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and their matchup against the terrific young corners in the Saints secondary, Keenum will rely on a safety valve to have some success through the air.

The Boston Globe reported Bradford will suit up for the first time since Week 5, but when asked about the report during his news conference on Friday, Zimmer said, "I don't know how the Boston Globe would know because I haven't made any decisions yet".

But this year's Super Bowl, of course, is in Minnesota, at US Bank Stadium.

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