January 24, 2019

Third down, red zone battles will key Vikings-Saints matchup

12 January 2018, 04:23 | Anna Jefferson

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The team with the elite defense tends to hold the edge in these offense vs. defense showdowns, but five points may be a hard spread to cover against a Saints offense led by one of the game's all-time great quarterbacks. Keenum has the seventh best quarterback rating on third downs with fewer than six yards to go and the Vikings are second best at converting third-and-shorts. Zimmer said. "But typically when there's a third-down conversion in the red zone, it ends up costing you touchdowns". In games that Ginn has caught a touchdown, the Saints have yet to lose.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, after a morning back-and-forth on Twitter, have agreed to the following terms: If the Vikings win, the city of Minneapolis will receive a shipment of king cake, the sweet brioche consumed during Mardi Gras. They're also 42-17 at the betting window in their last 59 games overall and 34-16-1 against the spread in their last 51 home games. "We have a group third-down meeting, [which] we had today, and then we'll have more tomorrow".

"I have no doubts the Saints will beat the Vikings this Sunday and continue their path to the Super Bowl", said Kennedy. The OVER is 7-2 in the last nine games between these two teams. "Going out and executing the plan that we have in, so their attention to detail with that has been the biggest bonus for us". If Minnesota had played a more hard schedule, they would not be held in as high regard as they are now. "Every yard counts, every inch counts against a team like this", Brees added. Ginn has been a significant difference maker for New Orleans this season.

"He's only been sacked 20 times, and typically he's getting the ball out in 2.5 seconds, so they understand", he said.

Zimmer said tight coverage by the back end of the defense could slow Brees slightly. "I know Mayor Frey is just starting out in office, so I'll give him a little leeway".

The average time depends on the type of throw and protection scheme from play to play, he said, but added that Brees' accuracy doesn't seem to be affected by needing to hurry a throw. You could say it's due to the Saints being perceived as a system team. He spent the season shadowing some of the NFL's best players, each week dominating like a star singer covering a song recorded by a YouTube artist.

The Saints could see Minnesota approach things differently this week.

So much for the idea that it takes three years to properly judge a draft class.

"You line a guy up way outside the numbers, and he's a tremendous corner. You're hoping to get it inside that 3-count". Keenum, 29, kept tabs on Brees, who will turn 39 Monday, from high school to college to NFL. No team in National Football League history has ever played the Super Bowl in its home stadium. Warner famously began the 1999 season as the Rams backup and filled in after Trent Green was lost for the year.

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