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Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions: The Minnesota Vikings open the 2010 NFL season on the road, Thursday Sept 9, against the New Orleans Saints, who knocked them out of the playoffs during their NFC Championship meeting. The Vikings have QB Bret Favre back at the helm, while Saints QB Drew Brees is ready to repeat. NFL oddsmakers at BODOG.com have the Saints as -6 point home favorites over the Vikings while the game's total has been posted at 39.5 points . Be sure to get your Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions in now at BODOG.com

The Vikings must protect Bret Favre if they want to make another deep run at a Championship. The last thing the Vikings want is a Saints punishment that reverberates throughout the NFL, because other teams on Minnesota's schedule are taking notes. At 40, Favre's health is imperative for a team that is paying close to $20 million to keep him for another year. The Vikings have seen the game film that shows Favre taking 16 shots in the last Saints game. The mangling didn't stop the Vikings' offense from putting up almost 500 yards on the blitz-happy Saints, but five turnovers doomed Minnesota . The Vikings return the core offensive line that helped last season's team average 29.4 points a game, second in the league to the Saints. Blockers must be ready for anything after last season's experience, tight end Jim Kleinsasser said, even if New Orleans perfectly totes the line between physical and dirty. "They did a good job of keeping it tight like that," Kleinsasser said. "You make it close and you make certain judgment calls on the ref, you keep it tight, you usually get the benefit of the doubt like they did. Either way, they are going to be as physical as all heck, and we have to match the physicality." With Peterson, Harvin, Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe still on the field, the Vikings have enough weapons to capitalize on pressure.

The Saints blitz-happy style of play has been labeled as somewhat of a blueprint for stopping Favre. They’ll look to do the same Thursday night. Aside from the questions about whether they can repeat as Super Bowl champions there is also the ongoing sage involving Reggie Bush. The Saints running back looks likely to be stripped of the Heisman Trophy he won while at USC. Since 2004, the defending Super Bowl Champions are 6-0 in kickoff games . The party atmosphere and an extra urge to start in style gives the home team an edge in these encounters.

Recent Trends to Consider:

  • Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
  • Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans.
  • Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
  • Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in New Orleans.
  • Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints
When: Thurs, Sept 9, 8:30 PM ET
Line: BODOG.com
Pick: Saints -6

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The Bottom Line: The Saints are better on home field. Be sure to get your Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 1 Predictions in now at BODOG.com and receive a 10% sign up bonus on your initial deposit!

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