I have to agree with him: although I fear the Saints, and am not sure right now we are up to beating them (especially if it has to be done with anyone injured on the D side of ball), so one part of me wants no part of them ... still, it would make for an incredibly exciting game, and ultimately that's why we all watch, right?
In general, King has (IMO) something actually worth reading this week -- there are some good quotes from AP in there, and puts down the silly idea that he is "frustrated" and/or not playing well. Finally, King criticizes the playcalling (as many have here already) that left us gong for three at end & giving the ball back to Flacco with two minutes left and only needed a FG to win:
... I think a Minnesota-New Orleans NFC Championship Game would be one of the most anticipated football games of this era. Think of it: Brees and his all-world offense in one corner. Brett Favre, if he survives the year, in the other corner, with his sidekick Adrian Peterson. God, don't let any of those three men get hurt before January.
There's nothing wrong with Adrian Peterson. Nothing.
Entering Sunday's game against Baltimore, Peterson was on a four-game streak of being held under 100 yards rushing. That had happened only once, in 2007, in his pro career. What's more, teams were loading up to stop Peterson as much or more than ever, even with Favre in the backfield. Though it kept killing teams because Favre has responded so well, here came the strong safety, creeping down, even on downs when Favre might very well pass. On several plays against Green Bay two weeks ago, Peterson saw nine in the box.
"I get the question all the time, 'Are you frustrated?' '' he told me Sunday afternoon. "Are you kidding me? We're winning, we're playing explosive on offense, and I'm supposed to be frustrated. When the other guys can make plays -- Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe -- that helps us be a better team. Plus, I'm coming out of games fresher now than last year.''
I wonder how teams are going to play Minnesota going forward. We've seen the Vikings for six weeks now. The Ravens looked like they tried to hem in Peterson while relying on their corners to hold up in lots of single coverage. But Peterson rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries, and Favre ate the Baltimore secondary alive -- completing 72 percent of his throws with three touchdowns and no interceptions. There's no better combo platter of rusher and passer out there now, and I challenge you to think back to when there was. Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk come to mind, but Faulk wasn't the inside runner Peterson is.
"It's hilarious to me, watching Brett,'' Peterson said. "Sooner or later, defenses will understand they can play like that [with eight or nine men up], but Brett's going to get them if they do. The guy's arm is great. His deep ball is outstanding. Whatever they want to do, we're fine with it.'' We can see that.
Two last points on Peterson. We were stunned at NBC Sunday to see the Vikings -- with 2:30 left in the game, trailing Baltimore 31-30, with a third-and-nine at the Ravens' 17 -- to not go aggressively for the first down. "We were a little surprised too,'' Peterson said. Peterson ran for a three-yard gain, with the Vikings happy to settle for the field goal. It was a poor call because the Ravens had scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, the Vikes looked gassed on defense, and even if Ryan Longwell made the field goal, Baltimore would have two minutes to win it. Longwell made it, Baltimore drove into field goal range, and Steve Hauschka lined up for a 44-yarder with two seconds left. Wide left. I don't care if the kick was wide left; if you've got a quarterback as hot as Favre (playing nearly mistake-free in his first six games), you give him a chance to get the touchdown before settling for three.
Finally, Peterson entered the season with a gaudy career average of 5.16 yards per rush in his first two years. Jim Brownish. Just as defenses haven't changed the way they play him, Peterson's production hasn't changed one whit. After six games this year, he's averaging 5.16 yards per rush.