NFL Football Odds - Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Thursday, September 09, 2010
by Bodog Sportsbook
At long last the NFL season is back and with quite a bang Thursday night as New Orleans Saints hosts Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of a thrilling NFC Championship Game from last season, with the Saints as 6-point favorites this time on Bodog’s NFL Football odds. With the game being nationally televised on NBC, there will be live betting available.
In the last meeting, New Orleans won its first conference title (on the way to its first Super Bowl championship) by beating Minnesota 31-28 on a 40-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley 4:45 into overtime. The game only reached overtime because the Saints picked off Brett Favre as he appeared to be leading Minnesota to a game-winning drive in the final minutes. In reality, Minnesota outplayed the Saints that day, including racking up 475 yards of offense and holding the ball for nine more minutes. But the Vikings had five turnovers.
Favre was 28-for-46 for 310 yards with one TD and two picks. But he was beaten up big-time by the Saints, with some Vikings this week accusing New Orleans of cheap shots. Although he wasn’t sacked, Favre was hit 16 times. Favre won’t have his top receiver tonight or for at least the first half of the season as Sidney Rice is sidelined following hip surgery. Rice had four catches for 43 yards and a TD against New Orleans last year.
The Saints open the season without their defensive MVP from last season, safety Darren Sharper, who starts 2010 on the PUP list. He had nine picks last season and was a big factor against the Vikings with 11 tackles. Malcolm Jenkins will make his first start in Sharper’s place and no doubt will be targeted by Favre. New Orleans' defense finished 21st in the NFL last season against the run, giving up an average of 122.2 yards per game. And the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson had 122 and three TDs in the NFC title game. The Vikes will try to control the ball again to keep the New Orleans offense of the field. Saints QB Drew Brees, the Super Bowl MVP, is back to anchor the Saints' top-ranked offense, which led the league in total yards and touchdowns in 2009 and nearly every member of that offense is back.
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