The players may not have that game in mind as there isn't anyone on the roster (apart from defensive end Brian Robinson) from that game, but the players and coaches know how close the franchise got to a Super Bowl berth and don't want to have another loss to the Saints in the playoffs. The last time they dressed three QBs for a game was on November 7, 2013, while Leslie Frazier was still the head coach for a game against the Washington Redskins. Lattimore has five interceptions on the season and feels much more confident than he did when he faced the Vikings in the season opener.
Asked on Friday if Bradford was ready to play in a game, Zimmer said, "I think so".
"I enjoyed the time I spent with those teams", he said of his interviews, "but you quickly get back into preparing for the Saints". The Saints used their potent rushing attack featuring Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara during the regular season. Despite the talent and experience of Drew Brees, the Saints offense was below average on third down this season converting only 37.1 percent of their chances - 20th in the NFL. They became the first duo in National Football League history each gain at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage.
SITE MAP: The Saints are 1-6 in their history in the playoffs on the road, including 1-4 under coach Sean Payton.
"I've been a fan of his for a long time", Keenum said. "He's someone I try to learn from".
Cold Weather Continues, Slick Roads Still a Concern
Another shot of cold air will blow our tonight into Saturday but other than a random flurry or two, we should be snow-free. Sunday with an inch or less of accumulation in the metro and slightly higher amounts to the southwest (see map below).
"I always root for guys like that".
"This league is a copy-cat league so I wouldn't be surprised if Minnesota did it", Kamara said, expressing no concern about the strategy by pointing to Brees, whose passing yardage total against the Panthers was his second-highest of the season.
Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans offence onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th post-season game of his stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring for the Saints.
Minnesota has defied the odds this season as they have had to rely on career backup Case Keenum to lead their offense but he has been excellent behind centre and has led to a breakout for a Vikings offense that can beat you down field with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and also between the numbers with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.
Home crowd and that defense should be enough for Vikings to inch past the Saints, who hope turnovers will help them score.