Ed Rendell, Brett Favre, Michael VIck and Barack Obama Add Up To NFL Circus

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Ed Rendell, Brett Favre, Michael VIck and Barack Obama Add Up To NFL Circus
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Bob Costas and the rest of the NBC Sports coverage of this week's NFL game between the Minnesota Viking and Philadelphia Eagles will be dancing in the aisles of Lincoln Financial Field tonight, as their ratings for this game are sure to shoot up after a slew of quasi-controversial moments and monumentally controversial figures found ways to impact the game over the past week.

When it was originally scheduled, this looked like a relatively routine game. The Eagles should be easy winners; the Vikings are far removed from playoff contention. Philadelphia has relatively little left to gain or lose, as they seem ticketed for the third seed in the NFC unless they win out and the Chicago Bears lose next Sunday.

Yet, after a two-day weather postponement, the game will go off with a good deal more anticipation than it ultimately deserves. Read on for five reasons why.

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