New Orleans Saints: 3 Takeaways from Wild Card Round win over Panthers


Their defense isn't good enough to carry them to a single win in the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum will take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round. It was after that game that the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback famously said, "Maybe I don't have it anymore", in frustration.

As much as it pains me, I enjoy watching this version of the Rams.

In the Saints first meeting against the Vikings in week one, a 29-19 loss, the Black and Gold's offense didn't get many opportunities to light up the scoreboard.

"I love it when these guys come back that to me is a sign you have a program and so I want them always to feel welcome they were a big part of what all of us are now standing on", said head coach Sean Payton. You know I think the defense of the saints is better now even with its a few players I think their secondary is better now.

"I think both teams are different", coach Sean Payton said. "I don't think what happened two years ago really has any bearing at all, whatsoever, on this game".

"We didn't know what we had in store when we came out of this deal at the beginning of the year", wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said. Now from what we're told, it's always hopping, but there was a much larger than usual count of black and gold home team jerseys and "Who Dat?" chanting.

It's up for debate as to whether the more cramped confines of the old Metrodome was more of a home-field advantage in terms of noise level. The defense, led by the Dome Patrol, looked invincible on the next series, sacking Kramer and forcing a punt. CB Xavier Rhodes was named first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career. The Vikings are 2-1.

When Sunday rolls around in the Land of 10,000 (frozen) Lakes, it will be 125 days since the Minnesota Vikings humbled the New Orleans Saints on national TV. Sure, one can bet Big Ben has been waiting for another shot at these guys and he won't throw five picks this time, but this defense is for real, as proven by their No. 2 overall unit that's the best in the league against the pass. The Vikings very well might be the best team in the NFL. Then Brett Favre threw an interception, and the Vikings lost 31-28 in overtime. Well but boy bright bright OK you bring up Lattimore we'd love Lattimore has one thing in the history of the bush years the saints have not gotten. These two teams line up as two very good teams that were destined to meet somewhere in the playoffs this season, and it comes this weekend. That painful stumble at the end of the most important game the Vikings have played in nearly two decades doesn't mean much at all to the guys on the 2017 roster.

Speaking of roads, Bourbon Street was hopping on Sunday night, many hours after the Saints win.

Fourteen Saints and seven Vikings who were on the 53-man roster for that season opener are no longer part of their respective squads, either due to injury or roster decisions. If he does shadow a receiver, will it be Adam Thielen or Stefon Diggs? Christian McCaffrey broke off a 56-yard touchdown reception that drastically swung momentum on a simple slant out of the backfield. The temperature that day: minus-6 with a wind chill of minus-25.

New England's Tom Brady (34 playoff games) vs. Tennessee's Marcus Mariota (one).

As a native of Lockport and a Lockport Township graduate, Mike Zimmer is a symbol of pride for us for another reason.

NFL Game Pass, the league's streaming service, is also showing the play-offs this season on a number of devices. Minnesota's QB that Monday night was Sam Bradford, who was a stellar 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three scores. I believe that they can get some big plays and I don't think.

For the Vikings, he highlighted Case Keenum's success in play-action situations. He should be able to play.