Deuce McAllister likes how the Saints match-up against the Vikings

"It comes down to taking away Dalvin Cook."

WWL Newsroom
December 30, 2019 - 10:41 am

By: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints cruised to a 42-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in their regular season finale. The score was 35-3 at halftime; and, at that point, it largely became about making sure your players didn't get injured.

“Okay, can we run this clock so we don't get anybody hurt,” WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister explained. “We were lucky that, while some guys got banged up, nobody got hurt significantly where they'll have to miss this week.”

Several players made their returns from injury in this game and started to get back into the swing of things heading into the playoffs.

“The Saints are starting to get a couple of guys that have been banged up back,” McAllister said. “Andrus Peat and Larry Warford were both able to play this week. Two of your secondary players were back as well as [linebacker] Kiko Alonso.”

It's obviously a good time for the team to be getting healthy. As the #3 seed, the Saints host the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at 12:05pm CT.

“You like that match-up with the Minnesota Vikings,” McAllister said. “It comes down to taking away [running back] Dalvin Cook. He has been out the last couple of weeks nursing a shoulder injury, but he should be as close to 100% as possible this late in the season. You have to take away Cook and put the game in Kirk Cousins' hands.

“Obviously, you look at some of the weapons they have on the outside in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs,” McAllister went on. “You talk about the tight end Eric Rudolph and his ability to create mismatches. But it all starts with stopping Dalvin Cook.”

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