Former Vikings backup Keenum ready for first chance at NFL playoffs

NFL Divisional Playoffs Q&A What are the odds

NFL Divisional Playoffs Q&A What are the odds

The Saints (12-5) had former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as their starter, but he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals after four games. The Saints can win in so many ways while the Vikings still appear as a team that can make the minimum mistakes if they want to advance.

Several Saints fans said either way the game goes, Landrieu should send the king cake.

Prediction: The Vikings are the slightly better all-around team, but I don't trust Keenum against an opportunistic defense. Kamara rushed the ball seven times and Mark Ingram had six attempts for 17 yards.

After ripping off more than 100 yards rushing in eight consecutive games following the team's October 10 decision to trade Adrian Peterson, New Orleans has been held to fewer than 100 yards rushing in four of its past five games, including a paltry 41 against the Panthers last week. Ingram led the team in rushing with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns while Kamara added 728 yards and eight scores on the ground.

Meantime, the Twitter fight continues, with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey telling Landrieu, "A Saints 'W" is less likely than Minneapolis breaking 50 degrees on Sunday.

The Saints come into the game after eliminating Carolina in the Wild Card round last weekend.

While the Vikings' defense is No. 2 on third-and-long, Minnesota's offense is far less effective when put in a bind.

Under-the-radar potential X factor: Defensive rookie of the year candidate Marshon Lattimore gets most of the attention in a stellar young Saints secondary, but second-round rookie safety Marcus Williams has really been coming on. The Saints were tenth in points allowed. Sunday will be his first playoff game.

As good as he was during the regular season, the playoffs can be a different story.

The Vikings gave up just 83.5 yards rushing per game, a figure that ranked second in the National Football League, and 3.67 yards per carry, a mark that finished fifth.

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