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The last time the Minnesota Vikings faced the New Orleans Saints, the narrative featured the return of Adrian Peterson in an enemy jersey and the debut of Vikings rookie and Peterson-heir apparent Dalvin Cook.

But neither of those players will be on the U.S. Bank Stadium field on Sunday for the divisional-round matchup, as storylines have changed from that Week 1 Monday night, when Cook led the Vikings to a 29-19 victory.

ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin and Saints reporter Mike Triplett discuss how the teams have changed and what to expect on Sunday.

What has been the biggest change for each team since Week 1?




Where do I begin? Obviously, the Saints don’t have Peterson anymore, as he was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals; but more importantly, they have a much more potent run game than the one that gained just 60 yards on 21 carries in that game in September. Despite that dud, the Saints still wound up leading the NFL with 4.7 yards per carry and 23 rushing touchdowns, thanks to rookie star Alvin Kamara and veteran Mark Ingram; they became the first running back duo in NFL history to gain more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage, while combining for 26 TDs.

Just as importantly, the Saints’ young defense went from a Week 1 disaster to a strength -- led by first-team All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan and breakout rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The secondary was a mess in the first game, with Sam Bradford throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns. But since then, Lattimore, rookie free safety Marcus Williams and second-year cornerback Ken Crawley (who was a healthy inactive in Week 1) have developed into standout starters. From Weeks 3 to 16, the Saints had the No. 3-ranked pass defense in the NFL (190.4 yards per game), though they’ve had a few hiccups over the past two weeks.

And with that rise of the run game and defense, the Saints are no longer the pass-first team we’ve been so used to seeing in the past decade. Drew Brees had his fewest attempts, yards, TD passes and interceptions per game in 12 years with the Saints, while breaking Bradford’s NFL record for highest completion percentage in a single season (72.0).

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Old 01-12-2018, 08:24 AM   #2
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Good article. I’m interested to see how their back up Center does.
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From Weeks 3 to 16, the Saints had the No. 3-ranked pass defense in the NFL (190.4 yards per game), though they’ve had a few hiccups over the past two weeks.
Impressive stat.
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Impressive stat.
Well like they said not so much lately. Neither Lattimore or Kamara have looked that great.
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Well like they said not so much lately. Neither Lattimore or Kamara have looked that great.
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Lattimore has yet to surrender a TD this season & rarely allows a 1st down in his zip code. Kamara picks up a first down in over 30% of his carries & possibly the most productive back in all of the NFL.

You must be speaking of one sub par game (Carolina) because these two have been lights out ALL SEASON. A big reason why we are in a 2nd round playoff game.

What am I missing here?
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Lattimore stopped a for sure TD on that last drive. It was a beautiful bat down, stretching out his arm like a lazer beam. Kamara could not get going because they were hell bent on stopping him. Even with that he still got a TD. Very difficult for any RB to have success when the primary goal of a D is to stop them. Same thing happens to Fournette but he still manages to plow it in from the GL most games unlike a Carlos Hyde or Kareem Hunt.
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???

Lattimore has yet to surrender a TD this season & rarely allows a 1st down in his zip code. Kamara picks up a first down in over 30% of his carries & possibly the most productive back in all of the NFL.

You must be speaking of one sub par game (Carolina) because these two have been lights out ALL SEASON. A big reason why we are in a 2nd round playoff game.

What am I missing here?
You aren't missing anything. Another occasion of The Dude pulling meaningless crap out of his arse.
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