5 Reasons Why Vikings Will Win NFC Title Rematch

I would love to go beat the Saints,” Favre told his old pal Al Jones of the Biloxi (Mississippi) Sun Herald. “I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a great year, but it could have been better (winning the NFC Championship).’’

1. Vikings Will Not Have Minus 4 Turnover Differential. That was a fluke, plain and simple.  You cannot expect that to happen again.  Six fumbles?  Albeit only three were lost, you still couldn’t sell me on the fact the Saints were not lucky.  Can you?  I’m not buying it.

Keep in mind two of the four turnovers proved to be extra costly.  Percy Harvin’s 4th quarter fumble, at the Minnesota 12.  It led to a New Orleans touchdown, in which they took the lead 28-21.  Bernard Berrian’s fumble on the ensuing drive.  It was recovered by the Saints at the New Orleans 5-yard line, so that turnover cost the Purple People Eaters possibly another 7 points, assuming they go on and score a touchdown.  It would have been 1st and Goal for one of the NFL’s best red zone offenses.  Instead, they coughed up the rock, the momentum, and then some.

You can’t do that and expect to win.  Who wins game being -4 in the turnover department, let alone stays in a game and keeps it close enough to force overtime?  How do you recover from that with a trip to Miami to play in Super Bowl 44 on the line?   Those game-changing, heart-breaking miscues are hard to overcome, especially on the road in a hostile environment against a high octane Drew Brees offense.  Two fumbles, in the 4th quarter, during crucial moments —What are the odds?  I’ll take my chances that doesn’t happen again.

2. Brett Favre’s Offense Outgained Drew Brees’ Offense By More Than 200 Yards. 475 to 257!  It just goes to show you that Minnesota out played New Orleans.  Remember this game was being played in the Superdome!  By himself, Adrian Peterson almost doubled the Saints  rushing output!  They could only muster 68 measly yards!  Favre out threw Brees 310 to 197!  Time of possession was also in Minnesota’s favor by close to 9 minutes.  Ok, enough is enough, let’s stop it right there before it gets really ugly.

3. Minnesota’s Defensive Line Will Dominate New Orleans’ Offensive Line. So you really think Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and Ray Edwards will be shut down, held in check, and silenced?  Ray Edwards registered the only sack of the game for the Vikings.  This time around, different story.  Prepare yourselves Jermon Bushrod and Jonathan Stinchcomb.  Be ready, you guys are going to have your hands full!

4. Defense Is Healthier, Secondary Is Stronger. Cedric Griffin and E.J. Henderson will be back.  Antoine Winfield will be fresher.  Lito Sheppard was added through Free Agency and Chris Cook (2nd round pick, Virginia) via Draft.  They will only help the defensive backfield.  Tyrell Johnson is a year older, wiser, and will only get better.  Madieu Williams has one year under his belt in Leslie Fraizer’s system, he will improve.

5. Favre Is Back With Dallas In Mind: #4 wants an opportunity at redemption.  He wants to go out on top hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  His troops are hungry, quite thirsty, and you can be assured they will be chomping at the bit to seek revenge opening night against the defending Super Bowl Champions.  It’s the beginning of the run to Dallas.

In his arsenal Favre’s rocket launcher has a bevy of weapons he can target, a slew of play makers to spread the wealth.   You know the ultra talented, super skilled duo of Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin will be tough to contain in 2010.  You better believe every single member of the Minnesota Vikings will be focused to take the field come September 9th in the Big Easy.  Beware Saints fans you have a bulls-eye on your chest, the Vikings still believe they were the better team, and they’re out to prove it Week 1.

Favre will not settle for another repeat performance.  He is not coming back without reaching his goal.  He and the Vikings are on a mission.  The results will be different.  Oh, and by the way, don’t forget about that Adrian Peterson character —he’s good too.



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9 Responses to “5 Reasons Why Vikings Will Win NFC Title Rematch”

  1. JS says:

    Heh.. Saints fan here. NOT worried. New Orlenas has improved their roster just as you have. Plus, remember…week 1 victory does not an NFC Championship avenge.

    Geaux Saints!

  2. GGG1 says:

    “Vikings Will Not Have Minus 4 Turnover Differential.”

    The Saints had one of the best turnover margins in the league last year. Their D got more turnovers than all but one other team. Adrian Peterson has fumble problems. That was no fluke. That was each of these teams being themselves. When a player gets freaking STRIPPED of the ball and you talk about “giving it away” you’re just being retarded.

    “Brett Favre’s Offense Outgained Drew Brees’ Offense By More Than 200 Yards.”

    Because the Saints D kept creating turnovers, the Saints O didn’t have far to travel to score. Combine that with their obviously superior special teams play and you get more of the same. A clear case of yards being irrelevant.

    “Minnesota’s Defensive Line Will Dominate New Orleans’ Offensive Line.”

    Drew Brees is one of the least sacked QBs in the league. Only Manning gets sacked less. There’s a reason for that. Was Jared Allen even in New Orleans for the game? I didn’t see him all day.

    “Defense Is Healthier, Secondary Is Stronger.”

    Everybody is healthier and stronger to start the season. Imbecilic argument.

    “Favre Is Back With Dallas In Mind”

    So unlike the previous 20 years, Favre will be playing football and hopes to reach the Super Bowl. That’s trenchant stuff.

  3. dude-man says:

    you guys forgot to mention the refs blowing a call that the nfl admitted was wrong that wouldve put the ball on the 1 to win the game. 6 turnovers 7 bad calls. are secondary dropped 2 intercepted passes. our secondary has improved so that probably wont happen.

  4. honest says:

    “you guys forgot to mention the refs blowing a call that the nfl admitted was wrong that wouldve put the ball on the 1 to win the game. 6 turnovers 7 bad calls. are secondary dropped 2 intercepted passes. our secondary has improved so that probably wont happen.”

    excuses!

  5. Russ Loede says:

    So you’re telling me another minus 4 showing in the turnover department for Minnesota? How’s that not a fluke? I like my chances this time around.

    How are yards irrelevant? Clearly the Vikings outplayed ’em. It goes to show you they can move the rock on the Saints at will. They will not win again being out gained like that. With all that being said, it’s crazy how Minnesota was even in the game, let alone having a golden opportunity to win it.

    New Orleans’ OL is average at best. I like my chances with the best defensive line in football.

    How is everyone healthier and stronger? Not all teams improve their weaknesses in the off-season. Some get better, some get worse, some just stay the same. Kind of like your OL, stayed the same, may’ve even got worse.

    You have to admit Minnesota upgraded the secondary. Keep in mind a healthy Winfield-Griffin duo is one of the better combos in the NFC. That makes a big difference, considering the fact the Saints cannot run on the Vikings. All you guys do is pass. You and I both know N.O. is too one-dimensional. Playing that way, can they beat the Vikings again? I like my chances even more now than yours.

    Every year the stakes rise and the opportunity gets even better and better for Favre. He has even more pressure, expectations, and critics this year. No better time than now to answer his critics.

    You know he’s coming back for one reason, and one reason only, with one goal in mind —hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Dallas come February. One reason alone. Remember that.

    It all kicks off with Week 1 in the Superdome. Super Bowl victory or Bust for Minnesota. New Orleans? Can’t say the same? You know how hard it is to repeat in the NFL?

    You can’t possibly tell me the Saints are going to be more hungrier and thirstier than the Vikings!?!??!? Not a chance. No way! History is on my side backing me up on this one.

    Trenchant? Imbecilic? Really, Webster?

  6. T-Bone says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to see the win over New Orleans. Last season was a total fluke and more flags should have been throw. Listen to what this blogger says. He knows what he is talking about. Look at the numbers…

  7. Mike H says:

    You missed the biggest reason: the Vikings will display to the nation their new dominant power running offense with punishing runner Toby Gerhart added to AD ramming it down the throats of a weak and soon to be disheartened Saints run D, that is especially weak against power backs.

  8. Srgt. Hulka says:

    Brett Faaaavvvra won’t even be in the game. He’ll be watching it from his living room in Hattisburg, MS. If he does return, it will be for one game. He will retire right after the Saints game. His body just won’t take it anymore. There is no way he can play a whole season, especially if your offensive line can’t protect him any better than they did in January. His wife, as we speak, is begging him to retire and not wait until he’s crippled.