Vikings Fans Gear Up For 1st Playoff Game At US Bank Stadium

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And before you comment in defense of his good season, remind yourself that the reason for going to the playoffs is to win the Super Bowl.

More than four months since that season opener, the Saints will be back in Minnesota for an NFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday.

Brandon Coleman #16 of the New Orleans Saints is hit by Shareece Wright #20 of the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter on November 12, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. The Saints have become more balanced and dynamic on offense through the talented rushing duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Where the Saints have an edge is on third-and-long. Newman's experience could bring plenty to the table in terms of containing the Saints' downfield threats, but in case he won't be able to give it a go, the Vikings will increase their usages of Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

Guess who else reportedly will be back. It was like the Vikings had paddled across the Atlantic to kick the Acadians from Nova Scotia to the French Quarter (before I get any angry emails from history buffs, it was the English who kicked out the Acadians).

Achieving those numbers will be no easy task with the top defense in the National Football League lining up across from Kamara, but thanks to Brees, he'll be able to find gaps in the Vikings defense and achieve early success.

Is the Saints' season about to end, or will the circle remain unbroken?

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Although some may debate how valuable he is to the Saints this year because of the growth in the running game, Brees is still the most reliable player on offense.

The Saints and Vikings have faced off 32 times since 1968 with Minnesota boasting a 21-11 advantage in the all-time series.

Rhodes will be the last line of defense in trying to stop a receiver who has looked borderline unstoppable at times.

These aren't the doormat Saints defenders from years past.

Antonio Brown looks poised to play this weekend, giving Pittsburgh its most lethal offensive weapon for this playoff clash. Keenum was a borderline MVP candidate this season. Keenum was sacked five times in his first nine games, but he was taken down 17 times in his final six.

It's sink or swim at this point, and Keenum's on-field play will be a key indicator of whether the Vikings are drowning or treading water. It doesn't matter how much faith the Vikings have in their defense. Fast forward a few months, and the combination of Ingram and Kamara have become the most unsafe running back duo in the NFL. 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.