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Winfield Anxious For Thursday Night’s Opener

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 5, 2010 – 10:09 am

After a long offseason, training camp and then the preseason, the regular season is now just a few days away. And what better way to kick it off than with a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and New Orleans Saints?

That’s exactly what will happen on Thursday night as the Vikings and Saints kickoff the 2010 NFL season at the Louisiana Superdome.

Given that the game is the first of the 2010 regular season and represents a rematch in what was a tightly-contested NFC title game from a year ago, there will be no shortage of adrenaline in anyone’s bloodstream. But there’s one player in particular on the Vikings roster who will be anxious to get back out on the field and do what he does best – play football.

CB Antoine Winfield played in that NFC Championship Game, but Thursday night’s season-opener will be the first time Winfield has been on the field and fully healthy in quite some time. The 12-year veteran injured his foot in Week 6 last season and missed several weeks before he was able to work his way back into the lineup. And even though he got back on the field, he never got to 100% healthy.

“I’m very excited, considering I didn’t play that much last season,” Winfield said. “I’m anxious to get back out there and play. It’s a real important game for us. It’s the opening week, the whole world is going to be watching, so we’re very excited about it.”

While Winfield acknowledged the magnitude of the Vikings-Saints matchup to open the regular season, he also made note that Thursday night’s game is 1 of 16 on the schedule and thus it’s important that he and his teammates don’t let emotions cause them to stray from the game plan.

“Oh, game one,” Winfield said when asked if this game meant more than any other or if it was just the first of 16 on the season. “You can’t go into it trying to do too much, trying to jump routes and then giving up touchdowns. I just want to go out there, play my game and see what happens.”

While a few faces here and there have changed for both the Vikings and Saints since they last met in January, the core of each team remains intact. Saints QB Drew Brees will guide a Saints offense looking to be as explosive as they were a year ago while Vikings QB Brett Favre and Co. will look to match New Orleans stride for stride, just as they did in last year’s conference championship game.

“It’s going to be a fast-paced game,” Winfield said with a smile. “Our offense and their offense are very explosive. A lot of points may be put up on the board, [but] hopefully not for the Saints. It should be a great competition.”


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28 Responses to “Winfield Anxious For Thursday Night’s Opener”

  1. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Unfinished business is what it is all about, everyone has to be 100pc focused !
    It’s payback time…..!!!!

  2. By vikingsfan1955 on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    We will shock the football world when we win this game. It seems like everyone is taking the vikings lightly because of the injuries and that will be a plus for us. I’m confident we can win this game. The d id solid and favre will not be tired and the ankle will be as fresh as it can be not as bad as it can be halfway into the season.

  3. By TWVIKE on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Brees needs to feel some PURPLE PAIN! Hope Jared,Pat,Kevin,Ray,etc. remember the cheap shots taken on Favre! AP is going to have a MONSTER GAME. All this talk about this & that, we seem to forget we have the BEST RB in the NFL! The chumps will be 0-1 after Thursday night!

  4. By GetaClue on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Payback? Unfinished business? Come on folks this is a regular season game. 1 of 16. If the Vikes win it will not make up for losing the NFC Championship game – it just won’t. Shock the world? REALLY? Wow.

  5. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    The Saints have some key injuries on defense that I’m sure Favre will exploit. Sharper is out for at least 6 games and their starting MLB is out for the season. I don’t know what their depth looks like at these positions, but I’m sure these are going to be the weak holes in the D.

    Brees will likely be looking over to the left side and exploiting our CB injuries as well. Let’s hope that Allen and Sheppard are ready to show Brees what they’ve got.

  6. By alldaysixx on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    It is 1 of 16 but, remember they cheated with those hits. That game was your superbowl. 4 turnovers and still lost by 3. Yes AP dropped the ball twice but, he has been practicing in training camp and don’t forget “Big Train” Toby Gerhart.

  7. By Susan on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Go get ‘em, Vikings … it’s your time to shine!!!!

  8. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    We are going to get our A@#$# kicked…..this team has refused to address the secondary problems….and our O-Line……just in a short year and half……SUCKS! Just being real………hope we win of course…….but….

  9. By vikingsfan1955 on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I will agree with this old school and that is if the o-line doesn’t do its job we can be in trouble and I think whats in our favor is there will be rust on both teams so it will be the one that shakes it off fastest that has a better chance at the win. I feel on offense we are just as good as they are.

  10. By OLDSCHOOL on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I will say this, I believe that we have a better “D” than they….I believe that we have one of the best “D”‘s , if not the best, in football! THIS WILL HAVE TO BE THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THIS TEAM TOGETHER THIS YEAR OR WE ARE DEAD IN THE WATER!!! WE NEED TO GET TO DREW AND EVERY OTHER QB WE FACE THIS YEAR………AND WE NEED TO KILL DREW AND AARON!

  11. By Wesley on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with oldschool…this game is all about our O-line. If they do what they’re suppose to we win. If not we lose……

  12. By WTF on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I’m hoping the Madden curse kicks in nice and early this year. Game 1 against the team that feels it got cheated by refs turning their heads the other direction when your D was making late hits on the QB; your visage just got ironed in underneath the word “Madden” all across the country and you’re seriously planning on playing more than one game this season? Well on the positive side, it’ll be a lot more fun putting your hands on a Nurse’s §§ than a 350 pound man’s for the next 3 months.

  13. By Brees, ur dead on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    If our O line plays well we will win this game just as everyone else says but we need to get adrian going because if we can have long drives to start the game it will tire the saints cheap defense and keep brees off the field because our defense is probably the most solid in all of NFL but we are missing COOK and Griffin which doesnt help……Oh yea we sud remind these D bags saints fans what they did to us

  14. By NoBrees on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    I totally agree that this is a payback game. But, not because of the loss. It’s about the dirty hits that the Saints D put on Favre. Our D needs to remember that and put Brees on his backside and see how good he does on a hurt ankle, bet he wouldn’t even come back in the game. Dirt Bag Saints!

  15. By al green on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    i’m locked and loaded, ready to go to the airport! purple pain , here we come!

  16. By viking/lakers P and G on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    to all you D/AS saints fans thank god for catrina the whole US of A.felt sorry for you thats why you won the super bowl the NFL made sure that ! to happen no matter what ! are you happy now $ paper world champions you will see this year CATRINA IS OVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. By nola on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    As I read all of your post I sense FEAR and MALICE in each and every one of you. Why you ask it’s simple no matter what 53 you have it really won’t matter. As long as Childress is your Coach you have no leadership, and no chance. There was more than an age factoring in as to why Favre didn’t want to return. As for the so called Cheap Shots well I am sure Allen and company will be gunning for Brees but guess what our Lineman/BackField are all healthy and more than ready.
    This is what I see to be the crux of the 2010 Vikings. This isn’t smack I am talking it’s how the NFC North will see it as well. Remember what I said come Thursday Night…. As the seconds tick off. TICK TOCK TICK TOCK !
    The WILF Family best can Childress and y’all may have a future. Matter of fact I will predict that decision will be made by mid season. Just how The WHODAT NATION see’s it.

  18. By D Swanson on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    EJ is back!!!
    We got a lot of depth at d-line–watch out!!!

    Hope Guion comes in the 4th quarter to kill breeze

    Who dat run over our tails—#28 thats who!!!!

  19. By D Swanson on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully the refs won’t hand the game on a platter
    to the ain’ts cause they are paper champion chumps!!!

    Hey refs–don’t call interference when the ball is not
    catchable!!!!

    Adrian is gonna run ALL DAY

  20. By johnviking on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    the refs r going to call penaltys against n.o. this time if they try to intentionally hurt farve

  21. By VikingsDx3 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Old School. We didn’t get our a$$e$ kicked in the last game. If the Vikings can improve by even 1 turnover, or 1 better judgment call, like going for a FG, the Vikings will be more capable this time around, than last. I think these are issues the Staff like us fans, have been most concerned about since the previous season.

  22. By VikingsDx3 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Not to mention. The Saints have been chanting WHO DAT WHO DAT WHO DAT SAY GONNA BEAT THEM SAINTS!? It may be a matter of coincidence, like how we were the team who they had to beat to get to the SB, also now we’re the very first team they have to play to start off the Season.. I think it’s TIME WE ANSWERED BACK! WE DAT.

  23. By dee expacker fan on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Well, as I have said before…we need to protect Brett and we better not turn over the ball. And if the stupid refs don’t rob us we will be alright. But if we lose we have 15 more games to win!! Go Vikes.

  24. By Gwen Smythe on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    love my man bernard berrian! cant wait for this season to start.

    have you guys seen the previews for bernard berrian on that nbc gameshow Minute to Win It?? ahhh im so excited. i guess it’s a nfl kick off party theme — vikes vs saints style tuesday/wednesday/8pm. obviously purple is gonna triumph for their charity.

    here’s da promo for the show. looks chill
    minutetowinit

  25. By Richie Aguilar on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    im hopeing that we will be seeing more of those strip sacks

  26. By JMANN612 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Do you love your Vikings? Do you love your money? Of course you do! Make sure to stay tuned to NBC Tuesday & Wednesday 9/7 and 9/8 at 8/7c to see the NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings’ very own Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Anthony Herrera go for a chance to win $1 MILLION DOLLARS for some of their favorite charities! Go Guys! Go Vikings! http://www.facebook.com/minutetowinit

  27. By nola on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    WILF + Family + Cuts Chilldress = Future. That’s the only formula you need. Y’all have a great team otherwise. Geaux Saints….. Tick Tock-WHODATNATION.

  28. By Roger on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    This game is an opportunity for payback. If the Saints defenders can cheap shot Favre, and it seems they are planning to again…maybe they can think of the consequences of their actions the next 15 games without Brees. Right now this is a new season, a new opportunity awaits for Our beloved Men of Purple…Vikings the Saints are in our way-let’s knock them down , shove them aside, and walk over them. Go Vikings.

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