The call: The Vikings will beat the Saints if …


This rushing attack takes a large amount of pressure off the passing offense and allows Drew Brees to run a very effective play-action.

The 32-year-old lasted only four games with the Saints before being traded to Arizona for a conditional draft pick.

Bridgewater has served as the backup since Week 10 for the Vikings, who have not had three quarterbacks listed as active since Mike Zimmer became their coach.

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. This game features two teams that are so similar in the way they win football games, It will truly be a survival of the fittest. Now the Vikings find themselves in ideal position to play the first home super bowl!

As strong as the Saints offense is and all of the big numbers they've put up this season, plus having the win in the playoffs, Minnesota's defense is very strong and capable of putting a stop to the Saints and their offensive firepower this week.

"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. The Vikings' defense has feasted off the noise and encouragement of their fans, holding opponents to just 12.5 per game in their building and holding them to 23 conversions on 99 third-down opportunities, or just 23.2 percent.

Ingram added, "Yeah I feel like we didn't have an identity as a team maybe in week one". We know what it is with that, we know our receiver situation, we know our defensive situation. We found out who we are and we're going to go there with confidence and a swagger and just play the ball we know how to play.

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Watford 2-2 Southampton Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial last-gasp equaliser denied Southampton a first win in 10 matches. He said taking off Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard was an easy decision: "I saw they were were very, very exhausted ".

"It's time", said Childress, elected in a landslide a year after leading the Vikings to victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

The Saints defeated Carolina, 31-26, in the wild-card round to advance to Sunday's game.

The Saints are 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 on the road while the Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last eight against the NFC and 5-1 ATS in their last six home playoff games. When you have the best running back arguably of all-time, and definitely in our game right now, you have to give him the ball.

"We gonna eat that falcon", said one fan.

Sam in shadows: Quarterback Sam Bradford returned to practice this week as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery, but the Vikings don't figure to dress the Week 1 starter for Sunday's game.

The duo of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon might not get you out of your seat with their moves, but they are far more reliable and complete.