|MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-0)||GAME #1||NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-0)|
|Date:||9 September 2010 ||Location:||New Orleans, LA |
|Time:||7:30 P.M. CST||Stadium:||Louisiana Superdome |
|TV:||NBC ||Know Thy Enemy:||Canal Street Chronicles|
|Gonzo's Prediction:||Vikings 31, Saints 28|
|Final Score:||Saints 14, Vikings 9|
So, there's a football game tonight, huh?
Thanks to everyone for making the off-season a great one, and for bearing with me and the site to this point. I haven't always been polite or rational or anything like that, and to the great majority of you, I apologize. I'm just happy as hell to have the season underway
So, what are the keys for the Vikings in tonight's game?
1) Don't believe the hype - If you're the Minnesota Vikings, you're going into a place where they're raising a championship banner tonight, where the crowd is going to be frenzied, and the opponent is going to be pumped up as anything. And you know what? You can make it completely not matter. If you're the Vikings, you know damn well that in your last game of the year, you lost despite being the superior team. You've got to go in thinking that you're STILL the superior team. . .because, quite frankly, you are. Have confidence, don't let the crowd get into your minds or anything like that (a couple of early third down conversions should solve that problem), and do 98% of what you did the last time you played this team.
2) Hit Drew Brees - High, low, early, late, clean, dirty. . .really, who cares? What's going to happen to you. . .you're going to get fined? Pfffffffffffffffffffffft. . .please. Big deal. Oh, and keep Brett Favre upright, too. That would also help a lot.
3) Hold on to the damn football - That "98% of the same thing you did last time" thing I mentioned above? This is the 2% that you shouldn't redo. The Saints' defense led the NFL in turnovers last year. They needed five of them just to hang with the Vikings long enough to get to overtime the last time these two teams met. If the Vikings don't gift the Saints a ton of extra possessions like they did last time, they'll get the result that they should have gotten last time.
I've noticed that not a lot of people are talking about one Adrian Peterson leading into this game. Good. Let him be the most obvious secret weapon ever. AP has gone over 100 yards in each of his first three season openers. Look for him to get that. . .and then some. . .tonight.
We're about three hours from kickoff, folks. The food is hot, the drinks are cold, and this can't possibly get here soon enough. Let's do this thing already so that we can start looking at one of the other 30 NFL teams for a change. I'm tired of black and gold and all this "Who Dat" garbage.