Minnesota @ New Orleans, 5:40 p.m Superdome, Fox What a classic. Brett Favre has completed 68 % of his passes for 4,202 yards, 33 tds and 7 ints. Drew Brees has completed 70% of his passes for 4,388 yards, 34 tds and 11 ints.
Great wide receiving corps on both sides. Simeon Rice has caught 83 balls for 1,312 and 8 tds. Percy Harvin, who was battling an injury this week but should play, has caught 60 balls for 790 and six tds. Bernard Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe are also valuable targets for Favre.
On the other side Marques Colston has 70 catches for 1,074 yards and six tds while Devery Henderson has 51 catches for 804 yards and two tds. Robert Meacham is also a big time receiver as is tight end Jeremy Shockey, who is questionable for the game. Shockey is a pretty tough guy though. If he can play at all he will.
Adrian Peterson has rushed for 1,383 yards and 18 tds. Pierre Thomas for the Saints has rushed for 793 yards and 6 tds. Chester Taylor adds punch to the Vikings running game with 338 yards and Mike Bell has 654 yards and five scores for the Saints.
Can the Saints offensive line hold off Jared Allen, Ray Edwards–who is questionable for the game though Brad Childress says he'll play– and the vaunted Vikings pass rush? Edwards sacked Tony Romo three times and the Vikings were in the Cowboys' backfield all day last week.
The Saints defense, porous at times this season, will have to find a way to slow down Favre and company. Darren Sharper and company will have to play well in the secondary. Jonathan Vilma will have to lead his defense from the middle linebacker spot.
The X factor could be Reggie Bush. Bush had 217 all-purpose yards last week in a 45-14 win over the Cardinals. He had a 46-yard td run and an 83-yard punt return. Bush is like a great three-point shooter. When he's on he's a game changer.
The other X factor is the home crowd. The Saints fans are raucous. This is a great home field for the Saints, but I know Favre and the Vikes aren't intimidated.
Also, Sean Payton is an amazing play caller. Can he outthink the Vikings' defense and coordinator Leslie Frazier, a top flight defensive coach? That's a major challenge for Payton and his offense.
Should be a classic, something like 35-34. Will Favre or Brees prevail? That's a tough one.