Vikings host Saints in Week 1 rematch in NFC divisional round

From ESPN - January 7, 2018

After spending wild-card weekend as spectators, the Minnesota Vikings have a rematch of their season opener when they host the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 14 in the NFC divisional round at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Reasons to be excited: The Vikings have the best defense in the NFL. No other team allowed fewer yards (275.9) or points (15.8) per game in 2017 and is as stacked from its front seven to its secondary than Minnesota. The Vikings boasted great defenses overs the years, but this unit is elite. What better way to sum up the strength of this defense than its final goal-line stand against Chicago in Week 17 when the Vikings stopped the Bears six straight times inside the 5-yard line? The time away ahead of Minnesotas first-round bye gave players like Kyle Rudolph, Xavier Rhodes, Pat Elflein and others dealing with nagging injuries some much-needed rest. The offensive line has handled injuries admirably this season while helping set up the league's No. 7 rushing attack. With the time to get Elflein healthy and back in the lineup, the Vikings will need to decide whether they keep Jeremiah Sirles at left guard next Sunday or plug Joe Berger into that spot (last weeks center), keep Mike Remmers at right guard and Rashod Hill at right tackle and have all of their reserve players ready to go.


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