New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - 1/14/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - 1/14/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Well, it appears Bradford will actually be suiting up for the Vikings when they take on the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum.

That said, the team has lost four starters since the beginning of the season and has given up 400-plus yards in each of their last three road games. That means bettors are putting more money on the Vikings to cover the spread.

The Vikings meanwhile should be well rested here after receiving a bye last week by virtue of claiming the conference's second overall seed and now they get a home game against a Saints group who went right down to the wire last weekend against a hard fighting Carolina Panthers team.

The Vikings had just one sack in the Week 1 win over New Orleans, but as Head Coach Mike Zimmer detailed this week, for his defense the rush-plan changes on a week-to-week basis (see Week 16 vs. Brett Hundley in Green Bay), and sacks are not always the top priority for his pass-rushers. But the teams have met two other times, both Vikings victories: In the 1987 season, the Vikings went to the Superdome and rolled 44-10 in the wild-card round, New Orleans' first playoff game.

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Minnesota will get just enough offense and force Drew Brees into a late-game turnover.

The duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have provided nightmares for opposing defenses this season.

Bradford injured his left knee while throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's Week 1 win over the Saints.

It was expected that Bradford would be in uniform after he was activated off injured reserve on Saturday. The Patriots and the Steelers in the AFC both look very formidable, but if Minnesota wins Sunday, we should expect to have to watch them on Super Bowl Sunday. "It's going to be a totally different game". We had read - or in some cases, written - that story countless times before. They're the first pair of running backs on the same team to each have at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a season. He became eligible to practice before the Vikings' Week 17 game, but didn't until the following Tuesday. The Vikings were third best in the NFL converting 43.5 percent of their third downs compared to a Saints defense that ranked 27th in the league by allowing 41.5 percent of third downs to be converted against them.

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