The Vikings last took the field for a game on December 31 and defeated the Bears 23-10 at home to secure a bye through the first round and the opportunity to host the Saints in the Divisional round on Sunday. He returned to practice last week, but coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he hadn't made a decision about whether to add Bradford to the active roster, while refuting a Boston Globe report that the Vikings would bring Bradford back.
Keenum will call on tight end Kyle Rudolph to produce his first 100-yard receiving game of the season as the quarterback looks to play it safe and avoid Saints defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley. The defense was exposed in this season's infancy, starting with the Vikings' 470 yards in the opener.
"To be honest, I really don't care", Murray said.
The other team they're facing, however, is favored to win. After five seasons in the National Football League as a journeyman quarterback, Keenum finally has his chance to prove himself on one of the biggest stages in the sport. The Saints can win in so many ways while the Vikings still appear as a team that can make the minimum mistakes if they want to advance. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum. Ingram and Kamara were selected to the Pro Bowl after they tallied more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage.
Although most work weeks are coming to a close, Zimmer said he still had "a lot of work to do, honestly, as far as preparation and studying the things that I need to study". "I just think me and Latavius have done a good job of complementing each other throughout the season and just making sure both of us are going with each other".
QB Jacob Eason leaving Georgia after losing job to Fromm
As a true freshman, Eason started the final 12 games of the 2016 season after replacing Greyson Lambert in the opener. Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason announced the expected on Friday: He's leaving the Bulldogs.
Given the Jaguars' elite defense and Pittsburgh's inconsistent offense, Jacksonville actually has decent odds at pulling off an upset this week.
-Vikings FS Harrison Smith vs. Saints QB Drew Brees. The Saints will tell you otherwise. Plucked off the Jaguars' practice squad late last season, he's been one of the bigger surprises on the team this year.
Nonetheless, when the Vikings started 5-0 in 2016, the assumption was another division title was on the way. Minnesota's linebackers and defensive front featuring Everson Griffin and Linval Joseph will also face the tall task of shutting down New Orleans' two-headed backfield of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
The 22-year-old has only had two such games in his short professional career, but he's picked up over 100 total yards in seven contests since his team's October 22 win over the Green Bay Packers. "I think, talking about Keenum, he's just a good manager of the game". And of course, there should be plenty of action for Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. It'll be interesting to see if they'll be able to do against the Minnesota team in a very very hard place to play.