Vikings' Sam Bradford (knee) expected to be inactive for Divisional Round

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The betting underdog is just 3-16 SU in the last 19 National Football League divisional games. Keenum will be the Vikings quarterback when they play host to the Saints in an NFC divisional game at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

There's two major storylines to watch in this game. It produced one touchdown. Considering where I pick this game and how I picked the Falcons - Eagles game Saturday, it's interesting to say the least.

Even though public bettors are siding with the New Orleans Saints for their matchup in Minnesota on Sunday, the point spread continues to climb in favor of the Vikings. It wasn't a great day for an improved New Orleans defense. Remarkably that came after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee late in the 2011 season. They also struggled both in run defense and in containing McCaffrey in the wild-card round. Unfortunately, that meant Newton could pass all over them.

As for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, he's hoping that those difficulties will work in his favor. My guess is it'll be just the opposite. They're 1-4 on road, excluding neutral-site win in Super Bowl 44. Minnesota's ability to play successfully in man-to-man coverage and timely rush the passer has been key. The Panthers did their own job of taking away the running game and rookie sensation Alvin Kamara. This is Keenum's game to win or lose.

Brees is used to being under pressure.

Ted Ginn Jr.is one of the Saints' primary deep threat wide receivers. The Vikings have a ton of talent in their back-four. Brandon Coleman is out and linebacker Michael Mauti is questionable with an illness.

Minnesota earned a first round bye and the No. 2 seed thanks to their 13-3 finish.

The Vikings have only lost three games all season. The Vikings are so far down their depth chart they can nearly see Josh Freeman. "Forty reps in a practice, and he gets five and Bridgewater gets five". He never took a snap.

His counterpart in Minnesota is quarterback Case Keenum, a backup now playing a starring role who'll be making his first playoff appearance. Jared Goff broke the Seventh Seal last week and Saturday will see Nick Foles grab the silver. That is why the Vikings are comfortable starting Keenum in the playoffs despite a healthy Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. Murray had a 100-yard effort in a two-touchdown Week 17 performance against the Chicago Bears.

Here are three X-factors for the Vikings against the Saints. That much is definitive, no matter what happens this postseason. Drew Brees is still Drew Brees and they should be terrified. They still have a longer history of losing, but they have a Lombardi trophy at their team headquarters. "You can see him getting the ball to a lot of different guys".

"We've been telling y'all all year, man, don't sleep on Drew", Ingram told the New Orleans Times Picayune. Minnesota holds a 2-1 advantage in those match ups. Keenum has the seventh best quarterback rating on third downs with fewer than six yards to go and the Vikings are second best at converting third-and-shorts.

His 40-yard FG with 10:15 remaining in OT lifted the Black and Gold to a 31-28 victory, made possible by an interception by corrnerback Tracy Porter in the final seconds of regulation with future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre driving his team into field goal range. Maybe that's not so fun a fact.

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