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WEEK 1
2010
MIN at NO ATL at PIT OAK at TEN GB at PHI
MIA at BUF CLE at TB CAR at NYG DAL at WAS
IND at HOU CIN at NE SF at SEA BAL at NYJ
  DET at CHI DEN at JAC ARI at STL SD at KC

Prediction: MIN 24, NO 30

A mere seven months later, one of the best games of the 2009 postseason kicks off the NFL season and if this one holds a fraction as much excitement as the first one, it will open the year with a bang. In deference to our members with Viking loyalty we won't rehash the game that in Minnesota felt like open heart surgery sans the anesthesia. We can expect that the next time they reach the Saints 33-yard line with 19 seconds left that they'll probably try for the field goal anyway. No need to cover last year - we'll get plenty of that during the game.

The Saints beat the Vikings 31 - 28 in the NFC Championship last January. In overtime. Great game.

Minnesota Vikings (0-0)
Homefield: Metrodome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @NO -- 10 @CHI --
2 MIA -- 11 GB --
3 DET -- 12 @WAS --
4 Bye - 13 BUF --
5 @NYJ -- 14 NYG --
6 DAL -- 15 CHI --
7 @GB -- 16 @PHI --
8 @NE -- 17 @DET --
9 ARI -- - - -
Vikings Report | Statistics | Roster
MINNESOTA Rush Catch Pass
QB Brett Favre - - 280,1
RB Adrian Peterson 120,2 20 -
TE Vishante Shiancoe - 80 -
WR Bernard Berrian - 50 -
WR Greg Camarillo - 30 -
WR Percy Harvin - 80,1 -
PK Ryan Longwell 1 FG 3 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Vikings are back at with largely the same players thanks to a willingness to play the Brett Favre Game but he is another year older and perhaps more importantly Sidney Rice is out for at least the first half of the season if not the entire season. Last year came close to a Superbowl berth and this year can be just as good so long as Favre remains in the game and what appears to be a tougher schedule doesn't get in the way.

QUARTERBACKS: Have to appreciate consistency. The Vikings have to make the playoffs again because on each of Favre's three teams, his final pass has been an interception in a playoff game. He has almost all the other records - why not keep that one as well?

Brett Favre had one of his best seasons ever when he passed for 33 touchdowns and 4202 yards with only seven interceptions. That was going out with a bang and had the Vikes advanced to win the Superbowl, no doubt he would have finally ridden off into the sunset. Instead he is back, again. and taking injections of lubricant in his left ankle on occasion. That would leave us to wait for his inevitable Jiffy Lube commercials.

Favre passed for 310 yards and one score in New Orleans in the playoffs.

The loss of Rice will make a difference to be sure though he only had 43 yards on four catches back in the Championship game. The Vikings will be looking for revenge and Favre should serve up at least decent pass yardage like he did before. The question is if the Saints blitz him as they did in January.

RUNNING BACKS: The Vikings have traded Chester Taylor for Toby Gerhart but Adrian Peterson remains in his prime and at the top of the list for elite running backs in the NFL. Peterson comes off a year with 1383 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns and there's no reason to expect less this season.

Adrian Peterson ran 25 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans. He added only two catches for 14 yards. The Saints were weak against the run last year and no doubt this is where the Vikings attack the most. The interesting aspect to this year is if Peterson also becomes a bigger receiver though his touches are already among the highest in the league each season.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Losing Sidney Rice leaves a hole in this group since Rice was just establishing himself as one of the top receivers in the game. The Vikings will lean harder on Percy Harvin who will be up to the task so long as the migraines do not get into the way. This could be a very big season for Harvin who is going to be a "do everything" sort of player - receive, rush and special teams. Bernard Berrian would naturally get more work with Rice out but he's been largely unimpressive so far and the expectations are that he is what he is - and that is not a Rice equivalent. Greg Camarillo has been acquired from the Dolphins but that's more about receiver depth and Greg Lewis remains in the mix as well. This first game will be a better indicator of what to expect in pass distribution but Harvin will be the primary and even though Rice had minimal production in the game last time, the defense was certainly devoted to taking him away and no longer has that concern.

Bernard Berrian had nine receptions for 102 yards in New Orleans while no other wideout had more than 43 yards. Sidney Rice had the only receiving score in the game.

Until we can know more, Harvin is the only safe fantasy start here but a must-start for every game this year. He should have a breakout season.

TIGHT ENDS: The Vikes were tied for #1 with 13 scores by tight ends last year and that could easily happen again - only with more yardage.

Shiancoe caught four passes for 83 yards against the Saints. Vishante Shiancoe caught 56 passes for 566 yards from Favre and will be relied on even more in the wake of losing Rice. Despite the Saints being good against tight ends, Shiancoe racked up 83 yards on four catches last January and should reprise his role as one of the primary targets for Favre.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points MIN 8 4 8 11 3 7
Preventing Fantasy Points NO 6 24 23 4 23 12


New Orleans Saints (0-0)
Homefield: Superdome
Sportexe Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 MIN -- 10 Bye -
2 @SF -- 11 SEA --
3 ATL -- 12 @DAL --
4 CAR -- 13 @CIN --
5 @ARI -- 14 STL --
6 @TB -- 15 @BAL --
7 CLE -- 16 @ATL --
8 PIT -- 17 TB --
9 @CAR -- - - -
Saints Report | Statistics | Roster
NEW ORLEANS Rush Catch Pass
QB Drew Brees - - 250,2
RB Pierre Thomas 70,1 20 -
RB Reggie Bush 10 50,1 -
TE Jeremy Shockey - 20 -
WR Marques Colston - 60 -
WR Lance Moore - 30 -
WR Devery Henderson - 30,1 -
WR Robert Meachem - 40 -
PK Garrett Hartley 3 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Saints now have the entirely new challenge of replicating a Superbowl year and not falling victim to the malaise and bad luck that so often greets champions the next year. The Saints are back virtually intact from 2009 and while the schedule is slightly tougher, this offense was above the effects of the schedule last year. And the defense was also a somewhat unheralded and yet crucial component to the great season. In the end, the Saints advanced from playing the Vikes as much from defense and take aways (and Favre blasts) as they did from offense. Okay, okay. That and winning the coin toss in overtime.

QUARTERBACKS: Drew Brees may have been eclipsed by Aaron Rodgers for top fantasy stud last year but most often he still remained #2. Brees passed for 4388 yards and 34 touchdowns in what we have become to expect as just another great year. And he does it largely without a primary receiver of much measure. Brees spreads the ball around to all receivers to the point that only Brees is the truly safe play each week.

Brees passed for 197 yards and three touchdowns when the Vikings visited in January.

The Vikings were much weaker against the pass than the run (an opposite to the Saints) and there is no reason to expect less than a good game here by Brees.

RUNNING BACKS: The backfield seems a bit clearer this year with Mike Bell in Philly and only Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush remain with fantasy consideration. Bush has already proven to be a third down back that has value mostly in reception point leagues and he's not likely to increase his role as a rusher. Thomas could deliver a very nice season though as the primary rusher and goal line scorer.

Thomas rushed for 61 yards and a score on 14 carries in the previous meeting with the Vikes. He added another score on his two receptions for 38 yards and Reggie Bush added a score during his four catches for 39 yards.

Look for a similar ending to this game since the Vikings will be good enough against the run to prevent Thomas from having a big game but he's still a decent start from his likelihood to score.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The only problem with these wideouts is that Brees not only is adept at spreading the wealth here, but also adding in tight ends and running backs. The most productive wideout last year was Marques Colston who turned in 1074 yards on 70 catches with nine scores. A very nice year but perhaps lacking considering that was less than a quarter of the passing yardage. Devery Henderson (51-804) only had two scores but Robert Meachem (45-722) turned in nine. Lance Moore is showing up again as a factor in the preseason and once again - lots of points are going to come from this group but individually it will change from week to week.

No Saints receiver had more than 39 yards against the visiting Vikings and only Henderson scored.

Expect better receiving numbers for Colston who only had two catches for 22 yards last time but the wealth will again be spread around

TIGHT ENDS: Jeremy Shockey is a small factor in the passing game but has settled to a norm of around 500 to 600 yards per season with three or four scores at most. That's below the radar in fantasy and there is no reason to expect more.

Shockey only managed one catch for nine yards versus the Vikes.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NO 3 2 6 13 5 1
Preventing Fantasy Points MIN 20 3 17 28 7 9

WEEK 1
2010
MIN at NO ATL at PIT OAK at TEN GB at PHI
MIA at BUF CLE at TB CAR at NYG DAL at WAS
IND at HOU CIN at NE SF at SEA BAL at NYJ
  DET at CHI DEN at JAC ARI at STL SD at KC
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