1. New Orleans Saints
These are not the same New Orleans Saints that the Vikings had the pleasure of playing in Week One of the regular season. It seems like the Saints got rid of Adrian Peterson and all of their troubles went away… sound familiar?
Throughout this ranking of teams there is one constant: the quarterback. There is no question that the best quarterback that remains standing in the NFC is Drew Brees. He is going to walk into the Hall of Fame once he retires and his Saints team in the 2009 season will continue to give nightmares to Vikings fans everywhere, well, unless the Vikings defeat New Orleans this time around.
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If there is any quarterback in the NFC side of the bracket that can break down the stout Vikings defense it would be Brees. If that happens, it would be tough for the Vikings and Keenum to win a shootout against Brees.
Some Vikings followers are questioning how tough a potential Saints rematch would be since Sam Bradford and the Vikings defeated them fairly easily at the beginning of the season. It’ll be a much, much tougher game. The Saints are finally marching and would be the toughest potential matchup the Vikings could have in the upcoming playoffs.
The playoffs start on Saturday and continue on Sunday. The Vikings do not play until January 14 at 3:40 Cental.