Looking at our history and personal experience growing up in Minnesota, we have to start with the most recent heartbreak, of Bounty Gate against the Saints where we lost 31-28 in a game that should have been ours. And now we get a shot to knock them out this Sunday in payback for 2009. No apology letters from Refs or Roger Goodell, just a win to get to the place we have fallen short so many times. But now we get to play them on our turf, in our house.
And if we pass the Saints, we get a crack at the Falcons, who we have not seen in the playoffs since 1998 where Gary Anderson missed the infamous 39 field goal that would have given the Vikings a two score lead and give one of the most potent Offensives in NFL history a shot at Denver in the Super Bowl.
And if we are able to pass them, win or lose we make history in being the first team to host a Super Bowl in their own stadium. For a team that has had one of the most heartbreaking histories, this is the story we have to work with this season, and I while I set myself up for heartbreak, I am locked in and ready to see how this season ends.
But first we have the Saints.
To beat them we have: – Xavier Rhodes shutting down Michael Thomas. Who is second tier to the WRs he has held to under 80 yards. – Mike Zimmer > Sean Payton ALL DAY. – A Rested O-Line to oppose Cameron Jordan. – Theilen or Diggs to go where Lattimore isn’t. – Barr and Kendricks to spy on Kamara and Ingram – The second best RB duo in the league with Murray and McKinnon. – Keenum doing what he does.
And most importantly, we play them in our house. Not New Orleans.
– Joey Almars