Your NFL Game Of The Week: Vikings vs Saints

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Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints, September 09, 2010 8:30pm

Brett Favre and Drew Brees

The first No Guts Game of the Week of the 2010 NFL season is a rematch of last year’s memorable NFC Championship game. The Saints, as well as the Vikings, are pretty much bring the same team from last year from top to bottom, minus the fact that the Vikings are dealing with a few injuries. The trash talk between the two teams has just started to surface, but we all knew it was bad blood between these two teams as soon as the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Key Matchups

Saints Defense vs. Brett Favre: In last year’s game, the Saints showed the rest of the NFL how to bottle up Favre and the rest of the Vikings offense and that was with constant pressure. The Saints were able to hit Favre on numerous occasions throughout the game which ultimately led to the Vikings’ demise and Mr. Favre going under the knife for ankle surgery in the offseason. Thursday’s game may be another tough one for Favre, especially since he hasn’t had much practice and won’t have his big play wide out from last year in Sidney Rice due to injury.

Drew Brees vs. Vikings Secondary: Let’s not forget that Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees didn’t exactly carve up this defense last year. He was held to under 200 yds passing. He did throw for three touchdowns though and no interceptions and that was all his team needed. Brees will once again have to remain calm under pressure from Jared Allen and the two Williamses in order for the Saints to be successful.

X-Factor

The New Orleans Superdome: Thursday night in the Superdome may be able to challenge LSU’s Death Valley as one of the loudest crowds in football. The Superdome is going to be alive and rockin’ to welcome their champion Saints into the start of the 2010 season. Will it be too much for the Vikings to handle or will the Saints get too caught up in the moment and lose focus on the task at hand?

Prediction

Minnesota 27, New Orleans 24: This game seems to have that type of feel to it where Brett Favre plays out of his mind. Sort of how he did after his father passed away when he was with the Packers. All the talk of him not being ready and the Vikings being too banged up will motivate Favre and the rest of the Vikings. Adrian Peterson shredded this defense last year for 122 yds and 3 tds and I think that he will determine the outcome of this game and the Vikings’ season.


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