The NFL season is just around the corner, and the game of the week is kicking it off.
The Minnesota Vikings will play the New Orleans Saints in a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game. Last year it ended on an interception by Brett Favre. This year, it will end in a shootout.
Drew Brees was looking extremely solid in the preseason, which makes him dangerous against any defense. Although the Vikings have a good defense, Brees has too many weapons to throw to.
On the other side, the Vikings can run the ball to speed the game, and Favre is no slouch when it comes to utilizing weapons down the field. The problem is that Adrian Peterson fumbles and has poor blocking skills.
Chester Taylor is a huge loss, because he was the third-down running back. Look for the Saints defensive line to get a few third down sacks.
Plus, the Saints defense had 39 takeaways last season. If Peterson fumbles, it will lead to short fields for Brees.
Nonetheless, the Saints defense still allowed over 300 yards a game last year, and they have not really closed up the weaknesses in the secondary. Despite Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice’s injury problems, Favre should have no problems finding somebody down the field.
Prediction: Saints 38, Vikings 35
In the end, the Saints are healthy and the Vikings are not. I think the Saints take a huge lead, while Favre attempts to come back but falls short.
Other NFL action:
Anthony: Denver over Jacksonville 24-21
Josh: Denver over Jacksonville 20-17
Anthony: Miami over Buffalo 27-17
Josh: Miami over Buffalo 30-14
Anthony: Chicago over Detroit 21-20
Josh: Chicago over Detroit 14-10
Anthony: Indianapolis over Houston 34-28
Josh: Indianapolis over Houston 28-27
Anthony: Atlanta over Pittsburgh 24-13
Josh: Atlanta over Pittsburgh 28-14
Athony: Tennessee over Oakland 20-17
Josh: Tennessee over Oakland 35-10
Anthony: Tampa Bay over Cleveland 24-6
Josh: Cleveland over Tampa Bay 13-10 (UPSET)
Anthony: Carolina over N.Y. Giants 24-14
Josh: N.Y. Giants over Carolina 21-14
Anthony: New England over Cincinnati 30-21
Josh: New England over Cincinnati 35-31
Anthony: San Francisco over Seattle 24-20
Josh: San Francisco over Seatlle 21-7
Anthony: Green Bay over Philadelphia 31-21
Josh: Green Bay over Philadelphia 35-14
Anthony: St. Louis over Arizona 17-14 (UPSET)
Josh: Arizona over St. Louis 13-10
Anthony: Dallas over Washington 24-13
Josh: Dallas over Washinton 28-10
Anthony: Baltimore over N.Y. Jets 20-17
Josh: N.Y. Jets over Baltimore 24-17
Anthony: San Diego over Kansas City 30-13
Josh: San Diego over Kansas City 28-7