2010 NFL Predictions: Minnesota Vikings Week 1 NFL Picks: The Las Vegas odds makers currently list the New Orleans Saints as tonight's week 1 2010 NFL predictions favorite versus the Minnesota Vikings who, according to NFL oddsmakers are a +6(-110) point Vegas spreads underdog. Minnesota comes into this prime-time 2010 NFL predictions tilt without one of their top offensive weapons and another as a question mark. Wide receiver Sidney Rice, one of quarterback Brett Favre’s favorite weapons, is out for the first part of the year and Percy Harvin, another key offensive component, has been suffering from severe migraines.
Look for the Saints to go after Favre early in tonight's week 1 NFL predictions match-up with blitzes and stack the line to contain the Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. With Favre having limited weapons in tonight 2010 NFL picks opener, the burden will be on Peterson to produce. You can also expect wide receiver Bernard Berrian to test the Saints deep and, if the Vikes are in the red zone, keep an eye out for tight-end Visanthe Shiancoe, who caught 11 touchdown passes in during 2009 NFL preidctions season. The Vikings signed wide receiver Greg Camarillo in training camp and he could be another option for Favre. No matter how limited his options, Favre prefers a vertical passing attack so throw conservative out the window. The old gunslinger will only hand-off to Peterson so many times before he gets an itchy trigger finger. You can look for between 25-35 throws from Favre in tonight's 2010 NFL predictions matchup, and, hopefully, for Vikings fans, not too many repeats of what he did the last time he was in this city with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
The Saints counter in tonight's week 1 NFL picks match-up with an attacking defense that loves to force turnovers with 39 during the regular NFL pciks season and another 8 in postseason action. That New Orleans defense returns mainly intact and will pressure Favre at every chance, looking for the inevitable mistake. Alex Brown and Will Smith provide pressure from their defensive end spots, though both will be kept honest by the presence of Peterson. The Saints will miss Darren Sharper who is out for this NFL predictions contest, replaced by second-year man Malcolm Jenkins. Look for Favre to test the middle of the field with regularity. The cornerbacks are strong, Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer will be looking for INTs and MLB Jonathan Vilma will have one eye in the backfield all night looking for Peterson.
Last NFL preedictions season, the Saints prevailed in a 31-28 OT thriller for the right to play in the Super Bowl. The stakes are lower this time but the atmosphere will be just as energetic. The Saints will have the energy of the home crowd and the excitement of the new season on their side, while the Vikings will be looking for some sweet NFL predictions revenge.
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