Divisional-Round Coach Speak: Payton, Zimmer noteworthy quotes


But Minnesota Vikings fans know where they're headed if the Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in the NFC divisional round.

While Boston Globe writer Ben Volin has a source saying Bradford will suit up for the first time since Week 5, the No. 1 source on all things Vikings - head coach Mike Zimmer - offered a different take.

The New Orleans Saints are 0-3 straight up and against the spread over their last three road games.

The last time the Vikings and Saints met, Sam Bradford led Minnesota to a 29-19 Week 1 win by throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns. If the Vikings can play straight up with no turnovers from the offense, they will win this game.

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum will be making his first career playoff start, while Drew Brees will be making his 13th. Minnesota's defense will be the real key here though as we can expect a limited effort from Michael Thomas with Xavier Rhodes shadowing him but New Orleans has so many game breakers that the Vikings defense will need to be sharp all over the field.

"I want to destroy them just the same".

"You get to go into the locker room and these are my dad's co-workers and they turn out to be legends", Cameron said.

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Instead of your garden variety linear progression, this New Orleans Saints' season has come round in a giant circle, back where it all began. Prior to that, the Saints had won four straight against the Vikes, including an overtime victory in the 2009 NFC championship game.

It's more about whether the Vikings defence can keep Brees and Co quiet, helped by a raucous crowd and home-field advantage.

At first glance, that may not be a good subject line for the Saints considering how poorly New Orleans has performed over the years in the land of Bud Grant. That gives the Vikings the most quarterback depth out of any team in football considering they have three starting-caliber quarterbacks on their roster. Bradford played only a single half the rest of the season as Case Keenum replaced the injured Bradford and put himself in MVP consideration.

- Anthony Talanca writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings. Kamara and Melvin Ingram will have to come off the blocks in this game.

The bad news is Minnesota's defense is No. 1 in National Football League in allowing pass plays over 20 yards and No. 5 in pass plays over 40 yards. In games that Ginn has caught a touchdown, the Saints have yet to lose. Notable draft choices were running back Dalvin Cook, lost in Week 4 with a knee injury after a strong start, and Elflein. They're also 42-17 at the betting window in their last 59 games overall and 34-16-1 against the spread in their last 51 home games. "I'm still familiar with a lot of the guys that are still there".

But Bridgewater said he is healthy and ready to play if called upon.