NFL Picks Week 1: Will Madden Curse Strike Drew Brees?

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints, who did not play, watches during an exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 2, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 27-24.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Tonight is the night that millions of Americans have waited for since February, the start of the 2010-2011 NFL season.  The game tonight is a rematch of last year's NFC Championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.

This game will showcase two quarterbacks who will find themselves in Canton after their careers are over, Brett Favre and Drew Brees. Seemingly, Drew Brees is the quarterback that is on top of the world right now, but is that abruptly about to end?

Drew Brees is the cover boy for the new Madden 2011 video game.  As most know being on the cover for this infamous video game doesn't usually work out well for the player.  Since 2000, nine players who have been on the cover of Madden have either gotten severely injured during  or have played under par during that season.  One of those who has fallen to the Madden Curse is Brees counterpart tonight Brett Favre, who led the league in interceptions when he was on the cover in 2008.

So the question has to be, will Drew Brees, like nine players before him, be struck by the Madden Curse?

 The answer for tonight at least is no.  Brees and the Saints should roll past the Vikings by double digits tonight.  Brett Favre struggled in his shortened preseason and most have attributed this to his ankle still being injured.  The Vikings will also be without their top wide out, Sydney Rice.

On the defensive side of the ball the Saints will continue their intense pass rush that flustered Favre in the NFC Championship game.  Don't be surprised to see Favre on his ass more than his feet.  On the Minnesota side, their front seven is still one of the top in the NFL.  The question mark for the Vikings is at cornerback.  Lito Sheppard played sparing with the Jets last season and they lost depth when they traded Benny Sapp away.

The game will be close in the first half, but mistakes by Brett Favre will make the difference and the Saints will win this one 34-24.

So for at least the first week Drew Brees will escape the Madden Curse, but the NFL season is marathon, not a sprint, so there is plenty of time for the "Curse" to show up once again.