Saturday, January 23, 2010

2010 NFL Playoff Preview: NFC Championship Game - Vikings at Saints

After the AFC Championship Game, FOX picks up coverage at 6pm ET live from New Orleans. The game kicks off half an hour later from the Superdome.

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints, 6:30pm ET, FOX
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth. Chris Myers and Pam Oliver on the sidelines.

The Saints absolutely destroyed the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, showing that their defense is just as strong as their offense. Now they take on a Vikings team who put on a similarly dominating performance against the Cowboys.

These teams are so evenly matched and this is the showdown everyone has been waiting for since about Week 6. New Orleans and Minnesota can both run the ball extremely well, pass with the best of them, and hold their opponents on the defensive side.

The key to the game may end up being quarterback play. Drew Brees is one of the most prolific passers in the league. On the other side is Brett Favre, the gunslinging, Wrangler-wearing, "always having fun out there" guy that we're all sick of hearing about.

The one thing Favre has a tendency to do, aside from all his touchdowns, is throw careless interceptions. The Saints' secondary is full of ball hawks and that could be the tipping point. In a game that's a toss-up, I'll basically flip a coin and take the Saints at home.

Prediction: Saints 27, Vikings 24


LDUTheCoach said...

The majority of people are taking the Colts to kill the Jets this
week but you have to consider how well New York matches up against
Indy. Indy has the worst running game in the league, and is ALL
Peyton. The Jets have the #1 pass-defence and if they can put the
clamps on Peyton early… it could very well be a Jets win. TheCoach
isn’t calling a J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS win but they will cover the
spread. I know Indy shut down Baltimore’s running game last week
but the Jets strive on being quick and elusive.. something Ray Rice

Minnesota and New Orleans is going to be such a good game. I was
hoping all season long these two would meet up in the NFC
Championship and honestly.. either team could team this game. The
Saints are -3.0 favourites and historically home team get given three
points for the home-field advantage… so basically this game is a
pick-em and there is ONE thing that I like about the Saints and its
that home-field advantage. Last week Warner and Romo combined for 7
sacks and 4 fumbles largely in part to not being able to communicate
with their offence. The SuperDome is NUTS and I don’t care how much
experience Favre has, the crowd can help a team and also hurt the
other so much.

Feel free to check out my picks with scores (and of course
cheerleader pictures) @

Best of luck to all this week,

Anonymous said...

Vikings over the Saints 11-0, Yes 11-0. Mark my words