Saturday, January 23, 2010

Minnesota at New Orleans Preview

The NFC Championship game matches up the top two seeds in the NFC Playoffs with the Vikings and the Saints batting for the right to go to the Super Bowl down in New Orleans. The Superdome should be rocking at kick-off and with all the expected offense it should keep rocking for the entire game. The match-up of quarterbacks is a huge reason to tune into the game with Viking quarterback Brett Farve and Saints quarterback Drew Brees having great seasons and great playoff games last weekend.

The Vikings are going to try to get to Bees with their front four with defensive end Jared Allen being their best pass rusher. The Vikings won’t bring as many blitzes as the Saints will but they will do whatever they have to do get to Brees and try to get him out of rhythm in the passing game. The Vikings secondary is their defensive weakness and they need their pass rushers to get pressure on Brees or we will pick them apart.
The Vikings are very good against the run with defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams, but the Saints must still try to run the football even if at the start of the game they don’t get much protection. The Saints will use multiple different running backs and will use running back Reggie Bush in many different ways, as a running back, receiver and returner and they hope he has another game like he did last week against the Cardinals. He can be the difference maker for the Saints on offense.

The Saints defense use a lot of blitzes to get pressure on the quarterback and their secondary is much better then Vikings with Darren Sharper being the differences maker in the Saints secondary. The Saints hope to be able to put pressure on Farve and force him to make some mistakes, and need to create turnovers. Running Back Adrian Peterson is huge weapon that the Vikings need to keep feeding him the football and let him make plays running the football. The Vikings have a lot of weapons on offense but need to run the football to control the clock and keep the Saints offense off the field.

I think when it is all said and done that the Saints passing offense and the home crowd will be to much for the Vikings as they move on to the Super Bowl.

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