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What They're Saying: Minnesota Vikings

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On the Patriots...

"They’re always going to try to make you beat them left-handed if they can. You know what I mean? If you’re right-handed, they want you to win left-handed. So I think that’s got a lot to do with it."

- Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

On the Patriots offense...

"Well they’re obviously very well-coached. they’re very disciplined in everything they do. They’ve got, as you said, a lot of weapons. The guy pulling the trigger is one of the best of all time. I think the way they’re running the football really accentuates all those things. They’re the best play-action team in the NFL."

- Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

On the Patriots defense...

"A good defense, well-coached. They’ve done a great job of pressuring the quarterback all year. Any time you’ve been running the same scheme for two decades, you’re doing something right."

- Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins

On Bill Belichick

"He’s going to try to take your best players away all the time. He’s going to try to exploit your weaknesses the best he possibly can. He does a great job in everything, as well. I have a lot of respect for him and the fact that his teams are extremely disciplined. They don’t beat themselves."

- Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

"To be able to maintain the success that they’ve had year-in and year-out, different players, and injuries, and things like that I think that’s a credit to coaching. It’s hard, honestly, you go 13-3 a year ago and the expectations are so high, and they’ve been to so many Super Bowls — the expectations are so high that you have to really be good to maintain that."

- Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

On Tom Brady...

"He won his first Super Bowl when I was in seventh grade, so I’ve been watching him for a long time, obviously the ultimate competitor. This game matters to him so much, and you see him in the way he conducts his business."

- Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins

"He’s a winner. I think he’s really set the bar for all of us who come after him and really everybody who came before. They call him ‘The GOAT’ for a reason."

- Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins

On Rob Gronkowski...

"Those 50-50 balls ... when Tom is throwing it up and giving him a chance to go make a play, he usually comes down [with the ball] and makes those plays. He’s not the fastest guy, but he’s big and when that ball is in the air, he can go get it"

- Vikings Safety Jayron Kearse

"This whole entire game ... going against one of the best tight ends in the game is something I’m definitely looking forward to. Hopefully we can come out on top as a team and I can win my matchups against him."

- Vikings Safety Jayron Kearse

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