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

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Bradford, who completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' season-opening win over New Orleans, twisted his left knee in the game, and missed the team's next three games before making a truncated return on October 9 against the Bears. New Orleans couldn't get much going on offense all game and was down 26-9 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 10 late points. No. 5 game in the NFC Wild Card round on Sunday of last week.

The Saints defense has fared well for most of the season, but it has struggled in recent weeks.

The Vikings, led by the speed of linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, have held several pass-catching running backs to minimal production this season. Have thoughts on how the Vikings and Saints are performing?

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.

Although quarterback Case Keenum has enjoyed a stellar 2017 National Football League season, it seems the Vikings will be looking to add some depth behind him for the playoffs.

We love how the one kid corrects the other on Teddy Bridgewater being back, noting that he's "still not playing".

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The Saints' top three defensive players (in no particular order) are outside cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley and edge-rusher Cameron Jordan.

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For example, quick passes to running back Jerrick McKinnon out of the backfield could go a long way toward winning this game.

What makes this Saints team different from the ones that have come up short since 2009 is their ability to run the ball with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.

To clear a roster spot, the Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter. "The 6'6", 265-pounder has 57 catches for 532 yards and eight touchdowns.

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.

Home crowd and that defense should be enough for Vikings to inch past the Saints, who hope turnovers will help them score. They are stingy and play the game excellent.

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