Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Senators Make Bets on Vikings-Saints Game

Senators Make Bets on Vikings-Saints Game

New Orleans ran it 31 times against Atlanta on Christmas Eve despite averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, 26 times against the Buccaneers while averaging 3.1 and 22 times against Carolina. "I'd like to remind my friend Senator Kennedy that the Vikings kicked off this season with a win against New Orleans-and I know we can do it again!" said Klobuchar.

"I think to some degree, our third down numbers not being as good as they've been limit the amount of attempts you have in yards per carry", Saints coach Sean Payton said.

Meantime, the Twitter fight continues, with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey telling Landrieu, "A Saints 'W" is less likely than Minneapolis breaking 50 degrees on Sunday. The latest they could make a move would be the week leading into the Super Bowl on January 24, should they still be playing. In fact, a team that plays in a Super Bowl stadium has never even been to that year's conference championship game.

Among the notable highlights of the game was the Saints' thrashing of then-veteran quarterback Brett Favre.

That isn't much better than his yards-per-carry in the first matchup between the two teams in Week 1 of the regular season.

The Panthers paid a dear price for the strategy in their 31-26 wild-card loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It's going to take a herculean effort to get the run game going, and that onus is going to fall on the walking big-play, Alvin Kamara. "Wear them down. Eventually it's going to pop at some point in the game". He intercepted Jameis Winston twice in Week 17 and recorded eight tackles against the Panthers last weekend. Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has to devise a game plan that can instill Keenum's confidence early to keep the 29-year-old quarterback calm.

The Vikings, who had the NFL's best defense and ranked second in rush defense, held the Saints to 60 rushing yards in Week 1 as Peterson had only 18 yards on six carries.

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