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Vikings Prep For Playoff Revenge Versus Saints

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Vikings Prep For Playoff Revenge Versus Saints

The wait is over, the first round bye is officially over, and the Minnesota Vikings are getting ready for their playoff revenge versus the Saints. This is the first playoff game between the two teams since the shootout back in 2009 when the Saints beat the Vikings 28-31 on a game-winning field goal in overtime.

There has been a lot of time to get over the heartbreak of the 2009 season, but with a playoff rematch looming the wound begins to fester. A dominating season for Minnesota now has all their fans turning to the dark corner of fear. In the back of everyone’s minds are the horrifying losses of past seasons, but this team has its chance to beat the past Minnesota demons by seeking playoff revenge.

What It Will Take To Win

Going into the Saints playoff matchup this Sunday, the Vikings are battle-tested and are ready for any matchup thrown their way. However, for the Vikes to win in the playoffs, it will take a complete game from all three phases.

Offense:

The offense just has to take care of the football. The defense has proven that they can win games by themselves. Case Keenum and company have been excellent at protecting the football this season, and it is a significant factor in the Vikings’ success.

The Vikings are the superior team in this matchup. They have proven it this whole season, and now they have the opportunity to show it in the playoffs. If the Vikings can play straight up with no turnovers from the offense, they will win this game.

Defense:

There is no denying how good Mike Zimmer has this defense playing. Minnesota’s defense is one that no team wants to see in the postseason.

For the Vikes to win against the Saints, the defense just has to play as it has all year long. They don’t need to force any turnovers, and they do not need to score. All they have to do is keep the Saints off the board. The New Orleans offense is no joke, but there is no doubt that this Vikings defense is capable of shutting them down.

Special Teams:

Special teams are often the silent difference maker in most evenly matched games. The punting and kicking game will be a significant factor in Sunday’s bout. The Vikings know that the kicking game can kill a team’s shot at winning. However, this year, there is plenty of confidence in the special teams unit to get it done.

Match-Up Of The Week

Tedd Ginn Jr.

Vs.

Trae Waynes And Mackensie Alexander

Ted Ginn Jr. is one of the Saints’ primary deep threat wide receivers. Ginn has been a significant difference maker for New Orleans this season. In games that Ginn has caught a touchdown, the Saints have yet to lose. Last week, he had four receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Ginn’s speed makes him a deep threat that opposing teams cannot ignore but corners Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander are up to the task. It will be interesting to see which corner Zimmer decides to put on him, but you can expect the Vikings will not overlook this matchup.

This is a matchup that not many people will talk about, but if the Saints win, Ginn will most likely have a factor in it.

Prediction:

Vikings: 20

Saints: 17

Kai Forbath will hit a 44-yard game winning field goal after Case Keenum leads a last-minute drive into field goal range.

Photo by Keith Allison