Mailbag: How will the Vikings pressure Eagles QB Nick Foles?

All told, they faced five playoff teams - including three division winners - with a total of 12 games against clubs that finished the year with at least seven wins.

With the Washington Redskins facing a major decision at the quarterback position this offseason, the gut reaction might be to go all-in on defense and spend the money slotted on Kirk Cousins elsewhere - seems to have worked, after all, for the Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.

"The Vikings will get a couple short fields to beat the Eagles and get to the Super Bowl".

Having only two games to spend the whole week thinking about is a recipe for over-thinking, though not quite as bad as two weeks to think about the single game that is the Super Bowl. In fact, Keenum played at an MVP-level for part of the season, and it was his miracle throw to Stefon Diggs as time expired that got the Vikings into the NFC title game.

Brady played his first postseason game on January 19, 2002. "We have to be prepared".

Two franchises have played virtual Super Bowl home games: The Los Angeles Rams played a few miles from their home stadium at the Rose Bowl in January 1980, and the San Francisco 49ers played at Stanford Stadium in January 1985. And as Mike said, the Vikings just don't turn the ball over.

Still, it's Ramsey's Super Bowl guarantee for the Jaguars that figures to provide motivation for the Patriots.

"The Eagles stance has been to. just really not give the quarterback time and space at home", Bowen said.

The Vikings led the National Football League in both points allowed and yards allowed.

Scarred by wide-left attempts from Anderson 19 years ago in the NFC title game, and Walsh two years ago in the wild-card round, Vikings fans aren't shy about addressing the issue with Forbath. They've only played outdoors once since December 11 and they didn't even get to practice outside this week because coach Mike Zimmer didn't like the look of the team's outdoor field.

"Both these guys park in the parking lot and run into the building because they're so excited to come to work", Fisher said. "A lot (of) times it may be easier to isolate yourself when you're not at home". Personally, I don't think he's any better than Trevor Siemian or Brock Osweiler, but he's on the verge of playing in the biggest game of the year. "The challenge is trying to create normality". "We have a real good turnout", said Dick Kari, owner of the Powerhouse Bar in Proctor.

How tickets are allocated also would change for the Super Bowl if the Vikings make it.

"Actually I'm going out to get extra chairs this week". Each defense accounted for four turnovers, but the Eagles came away with the edge after the Vikings fumbled three times. As of Friday, tickets start at $400, with the most expensive seats going for $10,000 each.

A 32-year-old veteran, Ellerbe understands how to work through ailments to remain on the field and coach Doug Pederson said earlier this week he expects the linebacker to suit up against Minnesota. Quarterbacks don't win championships, teams do. That's a great example, winning that football game and having to go on the road the next week in NY and still having that emotional high and feeding off of that.

"They're a pretty resilient bunch", Zimmer said.

  • Joanne Flowers