Vikings take Bradford off IR for playoffs; 4th QB on roster

Zimmer: Playoff curse? Minnesota Vikings just have to play better when it matters
Vikings undecided on whether to activate QB Sam Bradford | Idaho Statesman
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15 January, 2018

The betting line Sunday moved to favor the Minnesota Vikings a little more in their playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

But Bradford suffered a knee injury during the game that sidelined him for the next three games, which is when the Vikings first turned to Keenum.

Peterson is the Vikings' all-time leading rusher with 11,747 yards; he set the single-game record for rushing yards (296) against San Diego in 2007; and became one of only seven running backs in National Football League history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season when he did it in 2012. There has been a lot of talk about how the Vikings have a chance to be the first team to play a Super Bowl on their home field, but Zimmer isn't looking that far ahead.

Will the Saints be able to avenge their Week 1 loss to the Vikings by beating Minnesota in Minneapolis to reach the NFC Championship? Minnesota has defied the odds this season as they have had to rely on career backup Case Keenum to lead their offense but he has been excellent behind centre and has led to a breakout for a Vikings offense that can beat you down field with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and also between the numbers with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game. The crowd noise and the Vikings' defense will be tough for the Saints to contend with Sunday night when they meet in an NFC divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. However, Foles is 3-1 in his four late-season starts, including completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards in the divisional playoff win over the Falcons. The Patriots and the Steelers in the AFC both look very formidable, but if Minnesota wins Sunday, we should expect to have to watch them on Super Bowl Sunday.

"I prepare for every game as if it's that magnitude", Brees said.

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SLOWED UP: The Pro Bowl pair of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had the least productive combined performance for the Saints against Carolina, with just 68 total yards from scrimmage.

- New Orleans is 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0. When Bridgewater finally made it back during this season it was a great story. He became eligible to practice before the Vikings' Week 17 game, but didn't until the following Tuesday.

"I've been a fan of his for a long time", Keenum said.

The Saints finished the regular season with an 11-5 record, which was just good enough to win the NFC South. "He's working in, but he's got a way to go still".

All in all, the Vikings defense is no joke.


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