"I look forward to welcoming the Saints to Minnesota this Sunday".
"I think to some degree, our third down numbers not being as good as they've been limit the amount of attempts you have in yards per carry", Saints coach Sean Payton said. Minnesota got more than it could have ever expected out of Keenum this year, but the 29-year-old has never started a playoff game.
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.
Case Keenum took over for Bradford and has been remarkable in leading the Vikings (13-3) to an NFC North title. Again, the Saints know what they've got under center.
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. That isn't enough to negate the advantage Brees has over Keenum. In fact, a team that plays in a Super Bowl stadium has never even been to that year's conference championship game. He followed that up with the best game of his career Week 1 against the Saints, as he went 27-for-32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. They also struggled both in run defense and in containing McCaffrey in the wild-card round. Murray had a 100-yard effort in a two-touchdown Week 17 performance against the Chicago Bears. The Vikings, who boast the NFL's No. 1 defense, have a better secondary than Carolina. Can't get away with that on the road against the Vikings, who have won five straight home games by eight-plus points.
But most believe the Saints will win a tight game.
A Super Bowl which returns to Minneapolis after that city beat out New Orleans in the bidding for a big game, which the mayor wanted to be played here for the city's tricentennial.