Vikings Favored to Beat Saints But This Upcoming Weekend
The second week of the NFL playoffs is coming this weekend, and for the Minnesota Vikings, it’s already looking favorable for them, since they’re projected to beat the visiting New Orleans Saints.
But even though the Vikings are predicted to win, there is more to it than that, at least according to defensive end Everson Griffen. From his perspective, he believes that no matter what he or the team has done previously, the rest of the world is counting them out. His solution to this is to simply shock the world.
This past weekend, the Saints hosted the divisional rival Carolina Panthers in the wild card round and came away with a win, beating the Panthers 31-26, which guaranteed they’d have to travel north to face the Vikings in U.S. Bank Stadium. Oddly enough, this isn’t an unfamiliar place for the Saints, since they went there for the Vikings regular season opener in September, getting beat 29-19. However, a lot of things have happened and changed since that night.
For one thing, Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara was merely another name on the roster and hadn’t done anything, only carrying the ball seven times for 18 yards. Defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams were also new to the league and still adjusting to life in the pros. Fast forwards several months later and all three players have had nothing short of a tremendous impact on the team.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer knows that everything has changed since then, but at the same time is preparing for it. Of course, the Vikings have had changes of their own, mainly with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon being the main running back core, after rookie Dalvin Cook went down with an injury.