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Vikings-Saints NFL Season Opener: Game Time, What Channel, and Predictions

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIISeptember 9, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints addresses his teammates prior to playing against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Season Opener is just a couple hours away, as the Minnesota Vikings go down to New Orleans to face the Saints in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game overtime thrill. 

The game is full of intriguing matchups, including three-time MVP Brett Favre vs. Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.

After returning from "retirement", Favre returns for his 20th NFL season. He underwent surgery on his left ankle, and it'll be interesting to see how he handles the aggressive Saints defense.

Also watch out for how the Saints offensive line handles the Vikings defensive line, and how Darren Sharper as well as Sidney Rice's injury affects their respective teams. 

In New Orleans, the Saints fans are still celebrating their Super Bowl XLIV victory and will surely be ecstatic when the team raises their championship banner today. 

In addition, before the game, Drew Brees will lead the Saints' famous "Who Dat" cheer. 

On a side note, in order to celebrate the festivities, the Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift will perform a pre-game concert at 7:30 P.M. EDT. 

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Overall, it's a great way to start the season off with a bang. 

The game's schedules kickoff time is Thursday night, September 9th at 8:30 P.M. EDT on channel NBC.

I predict the Saints to win this game 27-24.