This is the game is what Brett Favre was brought here to do, to make the Vikes offense something to be feared. It has been obvious that the Vikes have been a QB away from being a great football team. With the Vikings now one of the 4 teams left playing this weekend, now that is something to be said. The Vikes travel from undefeated streak 9-0 from their dome to the Saints dome in the Bayou. The Vikes have a tough task ahead of them on Sunday.
In this matchup both team have a pass first approach offense for most of the season. The Saints ranked in the top 5 in total yards,points passing yards a game. The Vikes defense does have pressure on them. The Vikes defense has been kn own and proven that it is able to stop a dual threat running attack. Just look at what they were able to last week against Dallas. The Vikes front seven were terrorizing the Cowboys running game from most of the game. There were some busts by Felix Jones, but nothing to gain momentum. The Vikes defense scheme will need to stop the Saints running attack that averaged 131 yards a game in the season. The key is to stop Reggie Bush, however the Saint try to get him the ball. He is a very versatile back. He rushed outside the tackles or catching flare. The Vikes tackle is going to be key again this week.
The Vikes pass rush is also going to be important, to key Brees out of timing with his receivers. The Vikes have to flush Brees out of the pocket in order for the Saint to make mistakes throwing the ball. This Saints team does remind of the '98 Vikings. A high flying pass offense and a defense that just has to do enough to win the game. The Saint might be doing a lot of quick passing attack against the Vikes. Look at what the Vikes did to Romo last weekend. As long as the Vikes can keep pressure on Brees,knocking him down and keeping him from getting on a roll.Everything should work out on the defense side of the ball.
For the Vikes offense, as I said earlier they are one of the top offenses in the league this season. I do not think that the Saints have enough to stop Favre and Peterson in this game. This is the type of a game that Peterson can just run wild. Lat season Peterson was held in check against the Saints. Now the Vikes have a passing attack that not many team have been able to stop this season. Favre and Rice have been specular this season. Peterson yardage output has been down the pass 8 games, he has not ran over 100 yards in a game. If the Vikes can get constant output by Peterson, he still has the threat of breaking one deep one. Against this Saints defense, it can happen this Sunday and hopefully often.
If Favre has as much protection as he did last week. The line will need to step up again this week and keep the pocket intact so that Favre can find Rice, Berrian and Shanks down the field. The Saints defense has not had a great season being in the lower third of most categories this season. The big plays are out there for the Vikes to make. How the Vikes will exploit the Saints and how often is going to be how the Vikes make it to Miami.
I have been on edge about this game for most of the week, but I was feeling the same last week against the Cowboys and look how that turned out.. It would be sweet to have my Vikings to go to the Super Bowl and in May, my wife and I are having an edition a lil Viking fan of course.