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Saints preparing for division round match up with Minnesota

14 January 2018

Leber played linebacker for Minnesota from 2006-10 and made five tackles in the Vikings' 31-28 overtime loss to New Orleans in the 2009 NFC championship game.

The Saints know what they have in future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. He was a part of making the Vikings offense explosive.

Just because he was born in Minnesota doesn't mean Cameron Jordan will take it easy on the Vikings. The most targets he received in a single game was nine on two occasions against the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

On offense, Drew Brees was his usual terrific self. The veteran quarterback was clicking in the Wild Card game vs. the Panthers, dropping several throws into tight windows.

The Vikings are ninth in the National Football League in red zone touchdown percentage. Meanwhile, the Saints are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Passed for 376 yards, 2 TDs & 1 INT for 115.2 rating last week. Minnesota has allowed the second-fewest plays of this variety, per Sharp Football. That'll leave Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph one-on-one on intermediate routes, so the pass rush will be key. While this game may look one-sided on paper, the Titans clearly are playing with heart and passion right now. He had TD run last season in playoffs for Raiders against Texans. The environment certainly will help, but playing disciplined is going to be extra important.

Adrian Peterson, who was on the Saints in Week 1, was traded in October and since then, the Saints offense has taken off with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram leading the charge. They both are averaging more than five yards per carry. The Vikings defensive line will have to remain disciplined in clogging the gaps and setting the edge to keep Ingram and Kamara contained in the backfield.

"At this point you know next week is not guaranteed so you know you are fighting for the opportunity to have another week". They've done well handling athletic running backs all year by showing off their team speed on defense. Anthony Barr is a problem coming off the edge.

A couple more must-haves: Ladies, if you're headed to the stadium, be sure to pack your Saints stadium-approved see-though bag.

Quarterback Case Keenum is the third former Jeff Fisher quarterback that will officially make a playoff start in this year's postseason. He did not record a catch in three games this season. 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. They were the top unit in almost every category while posting a record-breaking third down conversion percentage.

Head coach Mike Zimmer, a Lockport High School graduate, was actually sitting in the seats that evening, with his defensive coordinator duties for Cincinnati on break with the Bengals already eliminated from the playoffs. Minnesota's coaching staff will dial up a scheme to attack New Orleans and everyone should be excited to see their approach.

Saints preparing for division round match up with Minnesota