Vikings Playoff Preview: 3 Keys to Beating the Saints

NFL Divisional Playoffs Q&A: What are the odds …?

Minnesota Vikings activate Sam Bradford from IR, so now what?

When you see a postseason matchup between Case Keenum and Drew Brees, one would think that the Brees-led team would be the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Everyone continues to wonder when the clock will strike midnight for Case Keenum's magical season.

Vikings fans, anecdotally, are treating the upcoming playoffs in one of two ways: They are bravely touting how good their 13-3 team is, or they are nervous about Minnesota blowing a game in an unexpected, painful way.

The Minnesota Vikings' 29-19 Week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints seems like ages ago.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford drops back to pass the ball in a game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 11, 2017.

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The Vikings defense has been a nightmare for some of the top backs in the league to play against. This time, they will trade degrees for decibels.

The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game. He had a sack and two tackles in his first game against the Vikings this season. Thomas wound up with 104 catches this season, and he caught eight more for 131 yards last week vs. Carolina. That's probably not what the Vikings need on Sunday.

The Saints defense has fared well for most of the season, but it has struggled in recent weeks. No team in the NFC had a higher rushing average than New Orleans.

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.

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