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Case Keenum 'excited nervous' for first career playoff start

14 January 2018

A win over the Saints would send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2009 and would be their first playoff victory since beating the Cowboys in 2010.

Proving Brees' point, the two teams have gone through a number of roster changes since their Week 1 clash. Peterson became an even worse fit when the Saints drafted Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara in the third round only a few days after signing the veteran.

The Saints rank 10th in scoring defence this season and have one of the brightest young stars in the game in rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Keenum carried the Vikings to a 13-3 record overall with consistently play all season.

So, what are the odds the Saints avenge their Week 1 loss?

Of the three, only Bridgewater has any playoff experience - all of one game. They have not lost consecutive home playoff games since doing so in 1988 against the Redskins and 1993 against the Bears. "If (a backup is) pressed into service, Sam has a little bit of an advantage because he played early on and that could be their thinking that Teddy hasn't played all year (except for the two series) and Sam has played a little bit".

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What are the odds ... the Titans can pull off another upset?

Linval Joseph is one of the single most important players in this game.

"You know, New Orleans is a heck of a football team but I really think being able to play at us bank stadium with our fans and the crowd noise with Brees trying to change his protections and the audibles he makes at the line of scrimmage I think that will play well in our hands", Zimmer explains. New England also has Rob Gronkowski back this year after he missed last postseason. In games that Ginn has caught a touchdown, the Saints have yet to lose. Tied for 4th in National Football League with career-high 13 sacks. But the odds are against them this week. Yes, they can. They are, now that the Eagles are without Carson Wentz, the best team in the NFC. "I came in to play and I worked on playing and I worked on being the best quarterback I could be". And I said after the game, somebody asked me that question you know it makes my job easier as a linebacker because there's not a lot of noise and so defensively we have no excuses as far as communication. He followed that up with the best game of his career Week 1 against the Saints, as he went 27-for-32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Atlanta is 4-2 in the playoffs since the 2012 season. The Titans, Jaguars, Falcons and Saints earned their playoff spots by winning their respective Wild Card games last weekend. The odds are not in their favor to turn things around this week. They don't need to force any turnovers, and they do not need to score. He retired from the 1994 season and moved to Arizona when his son was just 6.

Given the Jaguars' elite defense and Pittsburgh's inconsistent offense, Jacksonville actually has decent odds at pulling off an upset this week.

Case Keenum 'excited nervous' for first career playoff start