Two x-factors no one is talking about for Saints – Vikings

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The receiving corps

Hats off to both Stephon Diggs and Adam Thielen for having fantastic receiving seasons. They’ve been able to make prolific cornerbacks (Josh Norman, Lamarcus Joyner) look absolute silly in man-to-man coverage. This has led to Keenum’s job being much easier and both receivers having remarkable seasons.

But, as said before, the Saints have the talent to matchup with both players, as well as tight end Kyle Rudolph. They didn’t during Week 1.

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Marshon Lattimore has turned into the best defensive rookie in the league, Ken Crawley has made his mark in surprising fashion and Manti Te’o has been stepping up in place of the injured A.J. Klein, especially in coverage.

That’s why the Saints should go after Keenum. Even though he, and the entire offense, have thrived under pressure, New Orleans is different. Plus, this is Keenum’s first playoff start, so he is much more susceptible to big-time mistakes and freezing during action.