That year, Gutekunst got his first taste of the pros after assisting in New Orleans Saints training camp in 1995. He was a summer scouting intern for Green Bay in 1997 and a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs the next year before returning to the Packers full time as a scout late in 1998.
X factor: The pass protection. One of the key elements to Keenum’s season has been the Vikings’ ability to keep him protected. Entering Sunday, he’d been sacked just 20 times — fewer than any other quarterback in the NFC field besides Drew Brees. (And of course Nick Foles, who has started only three games.) Can the Vikings’ improved offensive line keep Keenum clean against the type of pass rushes he’ll see on the road to Super Bowl LII?
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DeRozan stepped into that three-pointer late in the first quarter, and he finished that game with five total triples — plus a career-high and franchise-record 52 points. This is DeRozan’s best shooting season of his career, and that’s lifting the Raptors into a new stratosphere.
Specifically, DeRozan is averaging career highs in three-point makes, attempts, and percentage. Much of that comes from his recent hot streak over the past seven games, where DeRozan has hit 20 of 38 (52.6 percent) from behind the arc.
Path to Super Bowl LII: The Saints will host the division-rival Panthers, against whom they went 2-0 this season, in their playoff opener. If they win that, they’ll travel to either Philadelphia or Minnesota for the divisional round. (If the Falcons beat the Rams, a victorious Saints team would go to Minnesota. If the Rams beat the Falcons, the Saints would go to Philadelphia). Win that game, and the Saints would find themselves in an NFC Championship Game against either the Falcons, Eagles or Vikings. The only way the Saints can play the NBA Jerseys Wholesale NFC Championship Game at home is if their opponent is the Falcons.
Reason for hope: They have the best quarterback in the NFC field. Drew Brees NFL Jerseys Outlet might not have had his usual, eye-popping statistical season, but his efficiency was off the charts. And just because the Saints were able to win by running the ball and making a few big plays on defense doesn’t mean they can’t count on Brees to put them on his back and win them a game when they need him to. He’s the only quarterback in the field who has won a Super Bowl.