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NFL Divisional Playoffs: Predictions for Titans at Patriots, Jaguars at Steelers, Falcons at Eagles and Saints at Vikings

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Divisional playoff weekend in the NFL this year looks to have revealed a truism about the league that is, nevertheless, true.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, October 18, 2009. Brady faces the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional game on Saturday. Elsa/Getty ‘ data-reactid=”34″> Tom Brady of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, October 18, 2009. Brady faces the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional game on Saturday. Elsa/Getty

best defense. If that fails—and there’s a good chance it will, since the Vikings allowed 83.6 rush yards per game during the regular season—then New Orleans can fall back on the arm of Drew Brees. The Saints have multiple ways of winning a football game this season.’ data-reactid=”42″>What should be the game of the weekend is up last. The Saints will run the terrifying hydra of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara into the maw of the NFL’s best defense. If that fails—and there’s a good chance it will, since the Vikings allowed 83.6 rush yards per game during the regular season—then New Orleans can fall back on the arm of Drew Brees. The Saints have multiple ways of winning a football game this season.

The result may come down to how well the Vikings can protect the surprisingly great Case Keenum from the Saints’ rejuvenated defense. Gone are the days when Brees would have to put up 30 points per game just to give his team a chance. The Saints are mean and hardened but the Vikings’ defense can rouse itself to even greater heights with the piquancy of the playoffs. This is almost impossible to call.


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