Saints Coaching Staff to Head Up the NFC in the Pro Bowl in Orlando

After Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Vikings, the Saints coaching staff will get a free trip out of the deal, one that they surely don’t want, that being to Orlando to coach the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

The Saints coaching staff will be countered by Sunday’s other losing team in the AFC Divisional Round, that being the Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin.

Saints Fan Actor Michael Rapaport Lives and Dies with the End of the Loss to the Vikings

Saints fan Michael Rapaport went through the same live and die emotions like the rest of Who Dat Nation Sunday as the season came to a crushing blow with a last play 29-24 loss to the Vikings.

First there was the good times as the Saints took the lead:

Then the not so good times, as Rapaport (Like most of Saints fans) sat there stunned as they allowed an unreal 61-yard score to end the game and put the season on ice.

Here’s the video of Rapaport learning the fate of the Saints.

Saints vs Vikings NFL Divisional Playoff Inactives

Saints: WR Brandon Coleman, RB Jonathan Williams,C Cameron Tom, TE John Phillips, OT Bryce Harris , DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, DEKasim Edebali

Vikings: QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Tashawn Bower, RB Mack Brown, WR Stacy Coley, C Cornelius Edison, G Danny Isidora, QB Kyle Sloter

Saints Rule Out WR Brandon Coleman for Playoff Game Vs Vikings

The Saints have ruled out No. 3 wide receiver Brandon Coleman for Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game at Minnesota with a neck injury, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Coleman has quietly been a major contributor to the Saints’ offense this year as both a pass-catcher and a blocker (the Saints led the NFL in both yards per rush and yards per pass attempt). The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder caught 23 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games played. He has never missed a game because of injury in his three years as part of New Orleans’ active roster.

Coleman’s absence should mean a bigger role for fellow receiver Willie Snead, who has been less productive this season, with eight catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games played.

Expect a Very Different Looking Saints Team Against the Vikings Than the One That Took the Field Opening Day

Opening day the Saints were just not good enough to overcome the very team they will meet on Sunday in this weekend’s round of four in the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings come into Sunday with a week off, and should be rested, but this is a Saints team that is riding high after their third win this season over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Yes the Vikings are favorites entering the game, don’t forget to find all Football odds at William Hill, but that’s not effecting the Saints confidence as they try to get a win for a chance to play in the NFC Title game in two weeks.

Opening day it was a very different Vikings team, one that had Sam Bradford as their quarterback and Dalvin Cook as their top running back for an offense that took full advantage of a young defense trying to get set.

The Saints also still had Adrian Peterson in their backfield then, before trading him to the Cardinals and clearing space for rookie Alvin Kamara to elevate his role next to Mark Ingram.

In other words, throw that 29-19 win for the Vikings out the window, it is already looking to be a very different game Sunday for the Saints as they have a much better team this time around.

“I would expect that they’ve kind of grown into their own identity now,” Saints linebacker Manti Te’o said Tuesday. “I don’t expect to see the same team that we saw Week 1, and I know they don’t expect to see the same team they saw in Week 1, too.”

The Saints will have to put up with a solid Vikings defense, a dome that will be very loud, and a fresh Vikings team that didn’t have to do anything more than put its feet up and watch a week ago.

With that, the Saints might just have the edge as they will be able to put more pressure than before on Vikings thrower Case Keenum, and also should be able to generate more offense with their two-headed monster at running back.

“I think they understand the magnitude of where we’re at in the playoffs and that New Orleans is a heck of a football team,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday afternoon.

He’s right on a lot of accounts, and this time around the Saints will have a very different look than they did some 18 week ago.

Video: CBS Sports Picks the Winner for the NFC Divisional Game Between the Saints and Vikings

CBS Sports ‘NFL Monday QB’ analysts predict the winners of the NFC Divisional round matchups.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore Voted as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by Fox Sports

One the best up and coming Saints won an award on Friday, as Fox Sports announced that CB Marshon Lattimore is the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Video: The Saints Head into Wild Card Weekend with a Historic RB Combo

Neil Paine previews Wild Card Weekend and highlights the matchup between the Panthers’ run defense and the Saints’ dynamic running backs.