NFC Title Game Pick Coming Right Now…

Jared Allen!Jared Allen loves this game…

The NFC Title Game matches the Vikings and Brett Favre against the Saints and Drew Brees in New Orleans.  The Vikings travel to New Orleans with eyes on getting Brett Favre to the Super Bowl at age 40 while the Saints just need to win for validation.

The Saints crushed the Cardinals last weekend in the Divisional Playoffs and now they get the only team that looked as strong as them all season.

Compare the offense and defense and you get what amounts to 2 clones playing each other on Sunday.  We could spend all day breaking this thing down and it would come out about even.

Where the difference lies is in what the Saints (I believe) did in tanking the last 3 games of the regular season.  True, they played a Cards defense that was Swiss cheese last week, but now they gave the Vikings a “real” tape from Sunday and the Vikings have a “real” defense.

To me this is just a long win-streak in the MLB.  If a team goes on a 12-15 game streak and everyone around says they’re due for a loss then that makes sense.  If I were to say the Saints are due for a loss everyone would say, “But they only won ONE game.”

The Saints are due for a loss.  I watched as the hometown crowd made it so loud in the Superdome that the Saints offense had to call a timeout because they couldn’t get it together.  And don’t tell me the Cards defense confused them (because we know that didn’t happen).

The Saints have all the weapons in the world, but the one thing they lack is an integrity that (this really pains me) the Vikings have.

We can bash Brett Favre all day long, but he LOVES football and he’s a Hall of Famer…straight up.  The Vikings have Jared Allen and he LOVES football.  Their team plays more for the love of the game than anything.  They put up another TD on the Cowboys last week because they said, “If you don’t want us to score…then stop us!”

What do the Saints have that speaks on integrity?  Tanking the last 3 games of the regular season?  Jeremy Shockey out there just waiting to do something stupid?

I lauded Drew Brees and his “throwback” aura, but now I can’t believe that the Saints possess any integrity.  (Yes, you could say the Patriots don’t have any either and they won 3 Super Bowls), but the fact remains that the Saints seem SO unworthy of trust.

At least Brett Favre came back and said “I love the game and I shouldn’t have retired.”  Would the Saints say “We were just screwing around the last 3 games of the season”?

I think not.

MIN – 45   NO – 35

(Yes, the Vikes are going to the Super Bowl on integrity…I know, it hurt me a little too!)

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  1. SportsAg.com says:

    NFC Title Game Pick Coming Right Now……

    The NFC Title Game matches the Vikings and Brett Favre against the Saints and Drew Brees in New Orleans. The Vikings travel to New Orleans with eyes on getting Brett Favre to the Super Bowl at age 40 while the Saints just need to win for validation….

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