Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunday Night

According to ESPN's Tuesday Morning Quarterback

"Minnesota at New Orleans -- between a first-ever chance to host an NFC title game, and the travails of the city of New Orleans, there will be more energy in the Superdome on Sunday than in Iron Man's pulse reactor. The sheer atmosphere-power within the facility may exceed the crowd feeling of any other game in NFL history. The Vikings are 9-0 at home this season, and 4-4 on the road -- the only quality team they beat on the road was the Packers. NFL players are not intimidated by crowd noise. But it won't just be crowd noise, it will be energy. The Vikings face an uphill climb.

Adrian Peterson -- remember him? He hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since Nov. 15. The New Orleans run defense is weak, while its pass defense is strong. A conservative, rush-oriented game plan might be just what the doctor ordered considering New Orleans' personnel and the need to keep the Saints' league-leading offense off the field. But with Brett Favre and Brad Childress both preoccupied with pumping up Favre's stats (see below) will Minnesota be able to bring itself to do the smart thing and use a conservative game plan?

When the Saints have the ball, you just never know what is going to happen. They probably don't either, which is the joy of watching this team. When attention turns to the Vikings, all eyes are on Favre. But what makes Minnesota special is the best pair of lines in the league. The offensive line is stout, the defensive line is fantastic. The Vikings just clobbered the Cowboys via superior line play -- if they are to win in New Orleans, their lines will be the key."

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