Saturday, January 23, 2010
2010 NFL Playoff Preview: NFC Championship Game - Vikings at Saints
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