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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.

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