Where will you be watching the Saints and Vikings game on Sunday?

Where will you be watching the Saints and Vikings game on Sunday?

Zimmer's not just pandering to the public. That guy. I think Ryan Kalil is a helluva player, and Matt Kalil ...

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 two teams have morphed in a number of ways throughout the season, but of all the changes both clubs have made between the Vikings' Week 1 win and their NFC divisional playoff matchup this weekend, the way each team uses its top cover corner could be one of the more significant moves this weekend.

That raises the question, in a week full of matchups between playoff veterans and postseason neophytes, how much experience matters at this point of the season.

But Mike Zimmer does not. He reclaimed his National Football League single-season completion percentage record from Sam Bradford this year, connecting on 72 percent of his passes to lead the Saints to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The Vikings outplayed the Saints in all facets except turnovers. And they're a solid, well-rounded offense led by second-team All-Pro receiver Adam Thielen, who torched the Saints for 157 yards in Week 1.

The Vikings are sound defensively and held the Saints to just 60 yards rushing on 21 carries in the first meeting.

One key for the Vikings offense in a possible rematch: center Pat Elflein, who did not play against the Panthers on December 10 because of a shoulder injury, is expected to be ready for the Vikings' Jan. 14 playoff game.

But the Saints have undergone the larger transformation.

Overall, Waynes finished the year strong despite being one of the most targeted corners in the league.

New Orleans lines Thomas up on the left side of its formation 48 percent of the time, according to PFF, meaning Rhodes will see plenty of Thomas even if he stays at right cornerback.

The future Hall of Fame running back altered New Orleans' approach, likely as a driving factor toward a system that put quarterback Drew Brees under center and bulked up the Saints' personnel around him. Now Brees is back.

Of course, that came at home.

"I would expect that they've kind of grown into their own identity now", Saints linebacker Manti Te'o said.

"I'm going to be in a comfortable situation at the house", said this man. We don't know yet what we'll do. "We coached together in Dallas for three years".

"In this venue", explained Brees, "this atmosphere that's created here when we're rolling like we have been in the past and certainly the last two games here at home, our fan base has created an electric atmosphere". He won't say who he was rooting for. "Hurricanes", said Zimmer, stating as best he could his impartial observance of that game. All of those facts would signify that the Saints had a pretty good offensive game, but only one of their scores was a touchdown. But the Vikings, led by the NFL's No. 1 defense, are expected to be mostly healthy while chasing the franchise's first playoff victory since 2009. Sam Bradford played splendidly in the opening game.

Bradford took his cue, completing 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns for a gaudy 143.0 passer rating. But he's also practiced only three times since having surgery to fix his bothersome left knee.

For starters, Sunday's forecast in Minneapolis calls for snow showers with temperatures ranging from single digits to a windchill below zero, some 75 degrees cooler than the night of September 11. Keenum has to be smart with the football, as the last thing he needs is Drew Brees with momentum on a short field. Jordan had 12 of the Saints' 99 pass deflections during the regular season.

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