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Friday, September 10, 2010

Finally Friday Edition 3

The Minnesota Vikings season started as it ended last year, with a defeat at the hand of the New Orleans Saints. In what was a sloppy game to say the least, The Saints found just enough offense to keep times rolling in a 14-9 victory. Compared too the last time these two met, this game didn't live up to the billing. I remember thinking to myself "God this is not the game I expected" but in all fairness it was impossible to live up to that epic playoff performance they had.

Brett Favre showed some life in that soon to be arthritic arm in the first half hooking up with Visanthe Shiancoe for some beautiful throws, but he looked more his age in the second half. His number don't indicate the story (15/27 171 yards 1 TD). He made some bad throws and got away with some interceptions throughout the game. Adrian Peterson had a solid performance, but I was surprised he didn't get more carries as he was by far the most effective player Minnesota had going for them. New Orleans was able to get away with rushing the ball only 3 times in the first half. Sean Payton stated that he was trying to spread out the defense. In the second half they did go back to the run game establishing Pierre Thomas with 19 carries 71 yards and a touchdown ( Bush 2 carries for 14 yards big numbers for the former 2nd overall pick). Garrett Hartley could have made the game a lot easier for the Saints missing two makeable field goals.

The one thing I will take from this game is how formidable the Saints D was. They don't get the credit always but the defense is what won the game for them. I did predict a Saints Victory and they did come away with the win although in an unconventional manner. As the season picks up their offense will again be one of the best in the league. Drew Brees was 27/36 237 yard and a touchdown. He doesn't get the respect of Manning and Brady, but the guy gets it done. I just wish this game could have been played later in the season when both teams were a little more settled in, but overall not the worse start to the season.

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