On this week's episode of the Wobcast, Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall and I bring a playoff edition of the show as* *the Vikings get set to host the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional round at 3:40 p.m. (CT) Sunday on FOX.
Our preview of the first playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium includes a conversation with former Saint and current Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson.
We also had a segment of "Know Your Enemy," a look at the rest of the Divisional round, over/under and, of course, your mail.
03:03: News and Notes
We give a congratulations to Vikings General Manger Rick Spielman, as he was named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News this week. We also take a look at the Chicago Bears new head coach Matt Nagy and cover some of the other vacancies in the league at that position. We give a warm welcome to Jon Gruden, who was named the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for a second time in his career earlier this week.
14:00: Tom Johnson conversation
Johnson joins us coming off of the field after Thursday's practice. Johnson brings some insight on the Saints that not many can bring because he was a member of the team for the first three years of his career.
We ask Johnson what it was like to play for Saints head coach Sean Payton, and playing with former teammate Drew Brees. Johnson speaks about the success of the Vikings defensive line this year and the team's excitement heading into the biggest game of the season.
22:31: Know Your Enemy
We preview some of the key storylines on the New Orleans Saints heading into the game. There is some pretty interesting history looking at the Saints on the road. The Saints are 1-5 on road playoff games all-time and went 0-3 in their last three road games this season. The Vikings have also dominated the overall series while playing at home, collecting a 13-3 mark in Minnesota.
We analyze the career of Brees and the changes on the Saints offense since we played New Orleans in Week 1.
Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram combined for just 35 yards rushing in the season opener but went on to become the first running back duo in NFL history to each surpass 1,500 total yards this season.
We also preview the Saints defense, including defensive end Cameron Jordan and some of the Saints young defensive backs.
32:24: Wobby's Mailbag
Wobby takes three questions from the fans in this week's Mailbag segment. The fans ask about how the Vikings are using the tape from Week 1's victory over New Orleans, how Minnesota plans to rush Brees, compared to Cam Newton, and if stopping the Saints rushing attack is the first priority for the Vikings defense on Sunday.
38:27: Game picks/predictions
Wobby and I analyze the other three games this weekend and make our picks and predictions for each of them. We take an extra look at the most important game for the Vikings to watch as the Atlanta Falcons head to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
On this week's over/under segment we make our picks on the total passing yards by Brees, the total points scored by the Saints and the combine rushing yards total of Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray.