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Look, let's face it, the Vikings struggle heavily when they play man, especially when they play the better teams in the league, but they do far better in zone situations.
Obviously, leaving one-on-one coverage on the outside when blitzing is a bit unavoidable, but throughout this game the Vikings could have a much better shot at beating this Saints team if they allow their covermen to occupy a portion of the field before turning it over to the next level guy.
The other reason is simple: The Saints are a vertical passing team with a competent backfield that can also contribute in the passing game.
The Vikings can't match up against vertical passing teams, especially on the outside. But playing out of zone—perhaps with a little Cover 2 mixed in—not only keeps the Saints' receivers in check, but also that backfield, while allowing the Vikings to mix things up defensively as the game goes on.
That front four should be able to get to Brees, Mr. Pagac, so don't worry about that.
Well, that's about it. Can you think of any reasons why this Vikings team could pull off the upset? Leave your idea below and get the debate going.