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The winner of this game will have the opportunity to claim themselves the best team in the NFC, and the Vikings will be looking for revenge after losing their Super Bowl chances to the Saints in last season's NFC Championship.
The Saints are favored to win, but the Vikings could lean on Adrian Peterson for the win.
Upset Possibility (3): The Vikings sent players down to Mississippi to drag Brett Favre up north, and the veteran quarterback will play through his ankle pain for Minnesota. Even with Sidney Rice out for at least eight weeks, the Vikings have one of the best running backs in the league with Adrian Peterson.
Blowout in the Making (7): The Vikings need Sidney Rice, and Percy Harvin's migraines will leave Favre with limited options at receiver. NFL games can't be won on the ground, so the Vikings will have to rely on their defense to stay in this game.
Drew Brees and company are healthy and ready to play at home, and it will only be a matter of time before their defense will be able to contain Adrian Peterson, leaving Favre with little option but to throw the ball.
Predicted Hero: Adrian Peterson will be the main factor in this game, and he has a shot at carrying the Vikings to a victory.
Predicted Zero: I'm not convinced that Brett Favre is in fighting shape. I have no doubt that he will continue to play no matter how much pain he may be experiencing, but I expect his ankle to visibly hurt his game.
Final Score: Vikings 10 Saints 24