Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Vikings put Sam Bradford back on active roster

Vikings put Sam Bradford back on active roster

These two squads met up back in Week 1 of the 2017 season, with the Vikings emerging victorious by a score of 29-19.

What gives Sunday - the Vikings defense or Saints offense?

Bradford started in Week 1 against the Saints and passed for 346 yards, three touchdowns and a career high 143.0 passer rating, despite injuring his knee in the game. Coleman's absence could mean a larger role for Willie Snead in the Saints offense.

A amusing thing happened though on New Orleans' way to another disappointing crater of a season.

The pass rush helped clinch the Saints' 31-26 victory over the Panthers during NFC wild-card weekend. It's been a stirring ride worthy of the late John Facenda and the NFL Films orchestra providing the soundtrack. The betting underdog is just 3-16 SU in the last 19 National Football League divisional games. The goals couldn't be more defined or profound, football-wise or geography-wise. It'll be interesting to see if they'll be able to do against the Minnesota team in a very very hard place to play. The OVER is 7-2 in the last nine games between these two teams.

And Keenum, the season's unlikeliest hero, will be expected to throw on that red cape again to keep the dream alive at least another week longer. The Vikings defense sells out to stop the Saints' one-two combo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, and makes the Saints pass happy. He hasn't played since Week 5, when he re-aggrivated a knee injury suffered in the opener.

The senses are dulled and the memory blurred since the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings last played each other on the Road to the Super Bowl almost eight years ago.

Another area that the two men share surrounds a highly competitive drive, as pointed out by Saints fullback Zach Line. Particularly at the most important position: quarterback.

Earlier in the week, Zimmer revealed he knows who will backup Case Keenum but would not disclose his plan.

Brees, the victorious MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, remains under center for the Saints. It will take great play from more than just one corner or one pass rusher for the black and gold to be successful against Keenum on Sunday. He could handle it brilliantly, but regular-season pressure isn't the same as playoff pressure. For now, it appears that the depth chart will be Keenum first, then Bradford, then Bridgewater. Minnesotans had always been hard-working and well-educated, traits that had always attracted Fortune 500 company to the area, but few knew how much a provincialism bordering on nativism had held the state back until the Vikings finally won the Super Bowl.

The Saints, of course, can't concern themselves with such subplots and wishes for such complications for the Vikings. The Saints were tenth in points allowed.

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