Last week the Minnesota Vikings beat the Dallas Cowboys in a lopsided 34 to 3 win. While most of the country thought the Cowboys would go to the Dome and dominate the Vikings, the Vikings had thier own plans. Ray Edwards led the way with 3 sacks, as the rest of the defense followed his lead; Tony Romo was constantly pressured by the Minnesota defensive front four. This was the defence’s best game of the season! The offense followed; lead by Brett Favre, the gunslinger from Mississippi, and Sidney Rice the talented wide receiver who caught 3 touchdown passes.
Another reason for Minnesota’s success was that they did not turn the ball over. Brett Favre continued to silence his critics by throwing 4 touchdown passes. The 40 year old quarterback has shown that he is not washed up and that there is still life left in his arm.
Today the Vikings are in New Orleans or ” Who Dat Nation”, whichever you prefer. The Saints enter the game with the number one offense in the NFL. Led by Pro Bowler Drew Brees the Saints are the toughest team the Vikings have faced this season. The Saints also have two good running backs in Pierre Thomas and the always dangerous Reggie Bush. The Saints wide receiving core is also not to be overlooked. Lead by Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, and the speedy Devery Henderson. While the Saints offense has been near perfect, the defense has also produced some big games as well. The biggest playmaker on the Saints defense has been the veteran safety Darren Sharper, who lead the league in turnovers for touchdowns. Sharper, a former Viking and former teammate of Brett Favre, could be a big factor in Sunday’s NFC championship game. On the Vikings side Adrian Peterson must have a big day running the ball. Peterson has not had a 100 yard rushing game since week 10, and is long overdue. If Peterson can rush for 100 yards and hold on to the football he will put his team in position to win the game. While his career high 18 touchdowns are great numbers his fumbles have been killers. Look for the Vikings to establish the run and try to control the clock to keep the Saints off the field. If the Vikings can stay away from turnovers, and run the ball efficiently it will be the Vikings not the Saints who go marching on.