The New Orleans Saints will defeat the Minnesota Vikings tonight by at least 10 points. For strictly entertainment purposes, the current line on the game has the New Orleans Saints giving 4 1/2 to as much as 6 on some sites, never mind that noise, the New Orleans Saints win this game tonight walking away with a double digit victory. There are 5 reasons why I think the New Orleans Saints win tonight and win tonight large.
Brett Favre- Favre has not looked very sharp at all in the limited preseason action he’s received. He is now missing one receiver he had playing time with last year, and the squad is filled with nothing more than Possession receivers, other than WR Percy Harvin. Brett Favre is going to be unable to repeat last season’s remarkable performance on the field. Don’t underestimate the loss of third down back, Chester Taylor as a safety valve either. Football fans tend to think of players in relation to their fantasy teams, but Taylor was a big player in the Vikings offense last season, he will be missed.
Sidney Rice- The decision by Rice to wait until days before the Minnesota Vikings season opener to have surgery is puzzling at best. I won’t go into all the speculation and rumors surrounding that issue here, but he will be missed. His speed alone made a big difference in how teams defensed the Vikings last season. Rice, paired with Harvin, cleared out the underneath routes for the Vikings, they won’t have that luxury this season.
Minnesota Vikings secondary vs New Orleans wide receivers- This is a total mismatch. The New Orleans Saints have 4 receivers which at any point can take over a game. Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem and Lance Moore, not to mention TE Jeremy Shockey and Dave Thomas. You never know who Saints QB Drew Brees is going to throw to.
Drew Brees- Brees is the most accurate passer in the NFL right now. I watched many Saints games last season and when he is dialed in, he can rip off about 16-18 passes in a row without an incompletion. Brees has organized a social media movement to start a new chant tonight after the coin toss, where the 70,000 fans in the Louisiana Superdome will repeat the Who Dat! chant. Brees could single handily win this game if need be, but with 70,000 of his closest friends on hand tonight, I don’t think that will be necessary.
History- The last 6 defending Super Bowl Champions have won their opening game on Thursday night, this year will mark the 7th time that has happened. 33 of the last 44 Super Bowl champions have won their opening game overall.
New Orleans Saints 34 Minnesota Vikings 23