New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - 1/14/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is an old head and has been here before.

- Running back Jay Ajayi was traded by the Miami Dolphins to the Eagles on October 31 and has tag-teamed with LeGarrette Blount to make the Eagles' backfield more explosive and diverse. But Bridgewater has not seen meaningful action in two years. Parise missed most of the first half of the season due to back surgery. We had read - or in some cases, written - that story countless times before.

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He has demonstrated his ability to be a sure-handed pass catcher, though. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees leads the Saints offense, although their strength this season has been Pro Bowl running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. He caught on with the Patriots in the offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern, where he posted 90 catches for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final collegiate season. New Orleans has a clear in edge in passing yards per game with Brees under center, averaging 261.8 (5th) versus Minnesota's 234.6 (11th). Kamara spent a redshirt season at Alabama before transferring. "The Saints and Vikings are similar teams in that both are ranked in the top 10 in points scored, points allowed and rushing yards per game". Peterson attempted to downplay the incident, but Payton wasn't about to put up with that from a veteran player when he had two younger and better options. Coach Mike Zimmer made his customary Friday call for noise from Vikings fans, as his defense tries to pressure one of the league's hardest QBs to sack, and the faithful figure to deliver. Scored 382 points, 40 offensive TD in 16 games in '17 (scored 327 points, 29 offensive TD in '16)...1,957 rushing yards in 16 games (122.3 YPG) in '17; NFL-low 1,205 rushing yards (75.3 YPG) in '16... Remarkably that came after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee late in the 2011 season. The aggregation of these slimmer pickings will only make things tougher for a man out of his depth, playing in front of a raucous packed house, amid the national spotlight (the weekend's primetime fixture), and with a career contract on the line before his "show me the money" move away from Minneapolis next year. The Saints weren't half bad on offense themselves this season.

While Case Keenum has been excellent at the quarterback position this season for the Vikings, many wonder if the Super Bowl contender could even get better if there was a change at the signal caller position. Bridgewater returned from injury, but Keenum's play kept him on the bench.

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