The first time the Saints and Vikings met this season, Minnesota defeated New Orleans 29-19 at U.S. Bank Stadium back in week 1. That is the NFL's best third-down defense in several years, dating at least back to 2002, according to statistics compiled by ESPN.
"I know it's kind of far, and this is totally short notice, but I gotta say: I feel like we're gonna make it worth your while - like something special is brewing, if you know what I mean". When you just look at the defensive side of the ball there are six to seven you can even say eight players that are among the best at their position-again at least at every level of defense all three levels of defense they have players that are considered some of the best their position, that's why it's going to be a very hard task for the Saints this weekend and on the flip side, the injuries they on defense, you know at some point you know just logically, you would think that would catch up with them-they been able to mask those injuries thus far. He only had one game this season where he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. "I wasn't really rooting for anybody or anything like that", Zimmer said, before revealing his drink of choice on Bourbon Street that day: "I had some of those hurricanes".
Much has changed since then. The Vikings defense will need to disguise their coverages against Brees because he will sit back in the pocket and pick apart zone looks. On defense, the Vikings allowed the third fewest touchdowns in the National Football League inside the red zone. "There's going to be a quarterback that I have to destroy". Ajayi rushed for 54 yards and had 44 receiving yards against the Falcons.
In this case, what happened in that September 11 opener is indicative of the teams meeting in Minnesota for the second time this year.
Newman is playing on a one-year contract with the Vikings, and he has not ruled out completely the possibility of this season being his last in the NFL.
The Vikings probably won't have three quarterbacks active on Sunday. "The first thing that we'd like to do is just block him". Sacking him, he acknowledged, will be hard.
"He's only been sacked 20 times, and typically he's getting the ball out in 2.5 seconds, so they understand", he said.
"For us, it's remember what got us here", Keenum said.
Bradford has played in one full game this season when he torched the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 for 346 passing yards and three touchdowns. Payton and Zimmer were assistants on Cowboys staff together between 2003-05, with Payton running offense and Zimmer running defense.
Asked if he could recall when that became the case, Barr thought for a moment before answering. "He said, 'Why would I want to do that when people hit me and I can be the one delivering the blow?' And, secondary, he also didn't want to follow in my footsteps".
More than four months since that season opener, the Saints will be back in Minnesota for an NFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday.