Minnesota Vikings (13-3) vs. New Orleans Saints (12-5)

NFL: Sunday, January 14th, 2018, 4:40PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium FOX

Pick: Minnesota -4

FREE NFL PICK MINNESOTA VS. NEW ORLEANS

After a victory in the Wild-card round, the New Orleans Saints will have an NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday afternoon.  They took down Carolina by five points in a thrilling 31-26 win.  Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 376 yards and a couple touchdowns on 23-for-33 passing, and also had an interception.  Alvin Kamara had 23 rushing yards to lead the team, and also added a touchdown on 10 carries.  Mark Ingram was close behind with 22 yards on one less carry, and Zach Line had a rushing score in the victory as well.  Michael Thomas had eight catches for 131 yards, and Ted Ginn Jr. had four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.  Defensively, New Orleans had four sacks as a team and gave up 413 total yards to Carolina.

The Minnesota Vikings had a week off and will get back to the field in the hopes of advancing to the NFC Championship.  Minnesota finished their season with a 13-3 record to win their division.  This was their best record since the 1998 season and won their last three games, including 11-1 in their last 12.  Case Keenum locked up the starting quarterback job, going for 3,547 yards for 325-for-481 passing.  This was good for 67.6 percent completion, and he added 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the season.  Latavius Murray led the Vikings with 842 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns, and Jerick McKinnon helped him out with 570 yards and three touchdowns.  Adam Thielen had 91 catches that came out to 1,276 yards and four touchdowns.  Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph had eight touchdowns apiece.  Everson Griffen had 13 sacks of his own on the defensive end, and Harrison Smith had five interceptions.

FREE NFL PREDICTION MINNESOTA VS. NEW ORLEANS

This could be the game of the weekend, as we have a top offense in the Saints going against one of the top defenses in the Vikings.  Both teams were similar in terms of records, but the one thing the Vikings have going for them is their week of rest.  This could either mean they are well rested or rusty, and it is usually one of the two.  I think Minnesota has enough in them to take this game and advance to the NFC Championship, and hopefully for them show no signs of rust along the way.  I’ll take them with the victory of over 4 points

Pick:  Minnesota -4

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@Eagles defense.

The advantage in the NFC Championship goes to... https://t.co/E9GtWRvGaa (via @cfrelund + @mattmoneysmith) #MINvsPHI #NFLPlayoffs

What an amazing scene.

All of the emotions in the @Vikings locker room after their miraculous win... 🙌
#SoundFX

Adam Thielen (back) returns to @Vikings practice: https://t.co/23Snskd6jh #MINvsPHI

"It's a Minneapolis Miracle! @stefondiggs and the @Vikings have walked off on the New Orleans Saints!"

#SoundFX #SKOL #NFLPlayoffs

One win away from playing #SBLII in their home stadium...

The @Vikings' Top 5 Defining Moments of 2017! #SKOL #NFLPlayoffs

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Back for another season with the @Saints? https://t.co/YkQMPymfiB

IT'S GOOOOOD!

@Saints retake the lead, 24-23, with 25 seconds. #NOvsMIN #NFLPlayoffs

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[email protected] & the @Saints will get the ball back, down 23-21 with 1:29 remaining.

Winner to the NFC Championship. #NOvsMIN #NFLPlayoffs

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TWO-MINUTE WARNING:

@Saints lead 21-20.
1st down for the @Vikings at their own 36.

#NOvsMIN #NFLPlayoffs

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