Can Brett Favre and the Vikings Finally Exorcise Their Dallas Demons?

John SzurlejAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 03:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Giants on January 3, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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So here we are, the second round of the playoffs, and the Vikings are set to face the Dallas Cowboys.

Everyone knows the history between the two teams, but not everyone knows the history between one man and this team.

Many people seem to overlook the fact that the Dallas Cowboys, in whatever lineup they've had, are the demons that Brett Favre can't shake.

So before I go any further, let me say this.

"God.  I know that you are great.  I know there are many things more important than a game happening right now.  If I may be so bold, could I ask you though to bless the Minnesota Vikings, and their quarterback, Brett Favre? Help guide them, and give them the ability to prevail in your greatness, Amen."

The reason why I say this is because I have endured the frustration as a Packer fan watching every playoff run end swiftly at the hands of Dallas.

I have watched year after year in the '90s as Troy and the 'Boys had their way with the Packers' defense.  Had their way with Brett and broke our hearts all too many times.

Despite the obvious transition since the '90s to the current Dallas team, I still can't help but have a stirring in my gut over the possibility of it happening again to Brett, this time in Minnesota.

I don't know how much stock you can put into it, but you have to ask yourself how much does one team get into a player's head, even if it's not the same as years ago?

You are correct in thinking that I'm nervous, not at the Cowboys because of the team that they are.  I do believe the Vikings can match up well and have the personnel to defeat them.

It's just that bad taste that never got out of my mouth, the taste of disappointment from too many times before, when it all came crashing down.

Grant you, I would have been more comfortable if Favre and company were playing the Saints or even the Packers, but that's not how it was supposed to be.

Brett at 40 didn't come back to relive his 20s.  He didn't come back to almost make it.  I hope that is what is going to drive him and keep him from falling into a trap in which his own self becomes his worst enemy.

Perhaps I over analyze.  However, I cannot fight this anxiety back. 

So how do the Vikings win?

Long time consuming drives.  The offensive line can't fall apart, and the defense must dictate the game.  The Vikes have to make statements from the kickoff that it is their house, and no-one is going to take them down.

The key lies within an ability to pressure Tony Romo and make him force his throws and prevent him from truly being comfortable in finding a rhythm.

The Cowboys cannot be allowed to have their running backs put on a clinic like they did against Philadelphia.  If that happens, it may be more than the defense can handle.

Moreover, the most important key is hoping that with age comes wisdom and Brett Favre remains calm and composed, making smart decisions under pressure.

It's time for the Vikings and Favre to exorcise the demons that the Cowboys have had hanging over the both of them.  It's time to move passed the past, and I think we just might be able to do that!

Go Vikings.... Go Brett!