Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints (- 4 ) Over/Under 52.5.The New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings in one of two NFC wild-card games Sunday in a rematch
Much the same as they draw it up on paper, the No. 2 seed in the NFC, Minnesota goes to New Orleans to take on the No. 1 seed, Saints in a 6:60 PM start on Sunday, Jan. 24 for the meeting title and an outing to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb. 7.
Minnesota earned a spot in the title game by totally obliterating perhaps the most sultry group in the association at the time, the Dallas Cowboys. The last score was 34-3, and it was not by any means that nearby. The Vikings utilized a commanding guard to close down the Cowboy’s running match-up just as put a huge measure of weight on QB Tony Romo
Dallas finished with only 248 yards of all out offense with under 100 on the ground. Romo turned the ball more than multiple times, losing two bungles and tossing a capture attempt. He finished the day finishing 22 out of 35 endeavors for 198 yards with no TD’s. On offense, Viking QB Brett Favre demonstrated why he returned for one increasingly took shots at a title by dealing with the game to flawlessness with the ideal harmony among run and pass. It is additionally worth referencing he tossed four TD goes too.
New Orleans completed the ordinary season with three straight misfortunes, however there were no indications of any issues in their 45-14 defeat of Arizona. The Saints’ offense scored touchdowns on five of their initial six belongings as QB Drew Brees presented a solid defense that he ought to have won the group MVP instead of Peyton Manning. He finished 23 drops of 32 endeavors for 247 yards and three TD’s.
RB Reggie Bush, who drudged in relative indefinite quality this season, was additionally an enormous factor in this success. He ran for 84 yards on just five conveys including a 46-yard touchdown run in the principal quarter to put the Saints up by 14. He included a 83-yard punt return for a TD in the final quarter to top off his noteworthy presentation.
Protectively, New Orleans counteracted Cardinal QB Kurt Warner from doing something amazing, holding him to just 205 yards spending on the day. They additionally kept All-Pro WR Larry Johnson out of the end zone. One of the most productive recipients in the game today, Johnson was held to six gatherings for 77 yards.
Minnesota’s greatest test in this game will be attempting to hinder the Saint’s offense. In a week ago’s down against the Cardinals, five unique players ran the ball and Brees finished goes to six distinct recipients. With this numerous weapons to represent, the Vikings will require another grand exertion from their two major men in advance (Jared Allen and Ray Edward) to be a troublesome power.
On offense, Minnesota will look to RB Adrian Peterson to break out of his ongoing droop to attempt to build up the running match-up. Their best resistance against New Orleans’ offense is to keep them uninvolved with since quite a while ago, continued drives that end in focuses on the board. Favre might have the option to win a shootout against Brees, yet it isn’t in the group’s enthusiasm to attempt.
New Orleans’ arrangement will be to score early and regularly simply like a week ago. They will be unable to run the ball against the Vikings, so search for Brees to utilize short, brisk goes to defuse Minnesota’s pass surge, while continually holding an eye down-field with an end goal to make a few major plays.
One of the keys for the Saints could be TE Jeremy Shockey as he gives off an impression of being very nearly 100 percent subsequent to missing the last three rounds of the period with damage. Protectively the Saints need to prevent Peterson from increasing any sort of force and put however much weight on Favre as could be expected. In the event that they can shake him early, the wheels may fall off similarly as they have previously.
While each group’s resistance will attempt to contain the rival group’s offense, there is simply a lot of fire power on the field in this game to totally close both of them down. I search for Brees and Favre to exchange touchdowns throughout the day, transforming this game into a high scoring shootout.
What I don’t care for is the Viking’s record out and about as they are slightly below average away from the cordial limits of Minnesota. Score one for the advantages of home field preferred position and take the Saints and the OVER .