NFL Football is upon us in less than 24 hours — Thoughts on Minnesota at New Orleans
Posted by RichieZ23 on September 8, 2010
Wow, I really need to get into a habit of updating this. After that hiatus, I have fallen out a bit.
In less than 24 hours, the 2010 NFL season will be upon us. We all finally got our first taste of real football this past weekend with NCAA football kicking off. Boise and V-Tech? Boise looked good don’t get me wrong, but they were an experienced team going up against a very young VT defense. There was no reason for them to lose that game, but let’s not act like anyone thinks they’re the third best team in the country. It’s kind of ridiculous that after the first week, we pretty much know Boise will be playing in a National Title game. Playoffs are needed, just like the NFL.
Which gets me back to point. The NFL season awaits us as the Vikings and Saints will do battle at 7 :30 p.m. Thursday night on ESPN in a rematch of the NFC title game last year in which Brett Favre got destroyed by the Saints — to which he still has not fully recovered. Regardless, no one expected a 40-year old man to go out there last season and set the league on fire like he’s 30.
Minnesota in 2010
No Sydney Rice for 8 games, and an ankle that requires injections of lubricant lead us to believe that Favre will not repeat his statistical performance of last season. Even if he was healthy and had Rice for the whole year, it’s hard to surpass 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, and only SEVEN interceptions! Are you kidding me? Brett Favre throwing just seven picks? (Don’t worry he returned to form just in time for the playoffs.) His 68.4-percent completion percentage and quarterback rating of 107.2 broke his prior career highs of 66.5-percent and 99.5 quarterback rating. No way anything remotely close to Favre’s 09 performance happens again.
However, I fully believe that Adrian Peterson is going to take the reigns back from Chris Johnson as the best running back in the league. The Vikings got pass happy last season, and rightfully so. But now, the Vikings are going to lean heavily on Peterson this year, and I don’t doubt for a second that he will get the job done. I think his fumble issues are a thing of the past, and that was really his only knock. He’s stronger than C.J., just as fast, and while doesn’t have the wiggle that Johnson has, breaks more tackles and is a better red-zone back.
No Sydney Rice for 8 games will hurt Minnesota a lot, although their defense is still one of the best in the league. Jared Allen gets all the attention, but Ray Edwards completes the pass-rushing duo for Minnesota, and then you’ve got the big ol’ Williams brothers in the middle with Pat and Kevin. Then when you throw in former Hawkeye Chad Greenway, you can see why the Vikings have one of the better front sevens in the league.
I think the Vikings go 10-6 in 2010 and squeeze into the playoffs as a wildcard, with Green Bay running away with the NFC North at 13-3 or 12-4. Missing Rice for 8 games and Favre playing on a bum ankle will take Minnesota down a notch from last year, although they will still be competitive in 2010, don’t expect to see Favre riding off into the sunset. His best chance last year ended up in Tracy Porter’s hands with might be one of the most ill-advised throws you will ever see in the playoffs from a veteran such as Favre.
My thoughts on the Saints tomorrow.