NolaSportsHub’s Keys to the Contest: Wild Card

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It is time. The playoffs are here. Our Saints are taking on the Vikings in the Wild Card round. We finished as the third seed, and the Vikings finished as the sixth seed, so the game is in the Dome. Here are three things we can do to help ensure we head through to the next round!

Stop Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook has missed the past couple of games due to a shoulder injury. To put it plain and simple, the Vikings’ offense runs through Dalvin Cook. He has put up 1,135 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Even when Cook is not running the ball, he is a receiving threat. He has 519 receiving yards. When he is running effectively, it opens up the play action game for Kirk Cousins. Cousins is best when he can roll out on play action. We shut all of that down by eliminating the threat of the run. We have to come out early and show the Vikings that they are not going to be able to run on us, no matter what.

Good O-line Play

The Vikings have put up 48 sacks this season. This ranks them tied for the fifth most sacks in the NFL. Our offense ranks third when it comes to giving up the least amount of sacks. It will be crucial that we not only protect Drew, but open up running lanes. If you give Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Jared Cook, and Latavius Murray as well as all of our other weapons, time to work, they will get the job done. We all know how well our offense can put up points. We’ve just got to give them the time and the opportunity to do so.

Get the Crowd Going

We all know that we have the best home field advantage in the NFL. Our fans show up no matter what. If we can give the fans something to scream about early, it will do wonders for our team. Whether that be a quick strike touchdown on offense, a turnover, or a special teams touchdown it will just amp up our crowd that much more.

So, if we can stop Dalvin Cook, give the offense time to work, and get the crowd jumping, we should have a great shot at winning and moving on! Whodat!

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