The NFL is investigating handling of Cam Newton hit

Bengals reportedly hire Teryl Austin as new defensive coordinator

Bengals reportedly hire Teryl Austin as new defensive coordinator

"Drew Brees is a great quarterback", Chancellor said in a post on Twitter.

"We'll just take our time", Zimmer said of Bradford's status, "and see how it goes".

"You win a Super Bowl, you walk together forever".

"We also understand the type of team we're going to play up there".

The Vikings have a 2-1 playoff series edge over New Orleans, winning a wild-card game in 1987 and a divisional game in 2000. If there are chinks in the Minnesota armor, they are of the nit-picking variety: Minnesota finished with just 36 sacks and only came up with seven sacks in the final five games of the year.

The Vikings have the No. 1 defense in the National Football League in both yards allowed (275.9 per game) and points allowed (15.8 per game). With Cook down due to a torn ACL, the Vikings combined McKinnon and power back Latavius Murray to build the NFL's 7th-ranked rushing offense, but those numbers are inflated because Minnesota played with the lead so many times. So is safety Harrison Smith.

And there was nothing fluky about the way they shut down Peterson, Ingram and Kamara all at once (they combined for a total of 53 rushing yards on 19 carries).

New NFL concussion protocol dictates players who show "gross motor instability or significant loss of balance" must now be evaluated in the locker room rather than on the sideline as long as those reactions do not appear to be the result of foot or leg issues.

"That was the first time we had a young defense that was still learning", said Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who had a monster game Sunday that followed up a monster regular season that earned him a first-team All-Pro nod himself.

It gets better from here though. The teams met in the September 11 season opener, with Minnesota winning 29-19 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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