Similar Lineup, Different Opener

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 9, 2010 – 9:46 am

The Vikings will open their 2010 season on the road (at New Orleans), just as they opened the 2009 season on the road (at Cleveland). The Vikings will also open the 2010 season with a starting lineup quite similar – possibly 19 out of 22 starters are the same – to the lineup they opened with in Cleveland.

But even with all of those similarities, clearly this year’s season-opener will be quite different. Vikings QB Brett Favre said as much in a Wednesday interview on John Madden’s Sirius NFL Radio show, as pointed out by the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad.

“Last year we opened up at Cleveland. I had no clue what to expect from our team, from myself, but it sure was made a lot easier by handing the ball to Adrian [Peterson] that game,” Favre said. “I think he rushed for roughly 180 yards. I had the best seat in the house, didn’t have to do too much, was never really asked to make a big play. And that was a good way to ease into it.”

Favre’s memory serves correctly, as the Vikings ran the ball 37 times in last year’s opener while throwing just 22 passes. Peterson rushed for 180 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries. This year’s opener will likely be much different – there is no easing into things this year. The Vikings may encounter the nastiest atmosphere of the entire season tonight as the Saints play their 1st regular season game since winning the Super Bowl last year.

The best way to take a frenzied crowd out of the game is to run the ball consistently. Will the Vikings be able to do that tonight?

“I hope so,” Favre said. “I don’t really know what to expect. What are we going to lean on? Who is our go-to guy, things like that, where I think the Saints would probably have a better feel for where they are right now.”

While Peterson and the ground game carried the Vikings to victory over Cleveland last year in Week 1, Favre will surely be relied upon to make a big play here and there against the Saints. The Vikings will attempt to establish the run against this Saints defense – Peterson had 122 yards and 3 TDs against New Orleans in last year’s NFC Championship Game – but there’s also no doubt that Favre will need to find an open receiver in a tight spot several times during the game, perhaps near the goal line or on a 3rd and long situation.

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24 Responses to “Similar Lineup, Different Opener”

  1. By J.SportsFan24 on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Go Vikes Go!
    Let the Saints remember the Vikings!

  2. By Jake on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    let the D take the edge off the crowd first, then a heavy dose of AP. get on top and dont stop wailing on them. GO VIKES!

  3. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Time for payback, there has been a ton of chatter about this game, and most of it says we can’t hang with the saints, to quiet all this just -payback- time, these players remember,,,,and WILL fix this, then all the big mouths should have their sister/cousin/wife if your a aints paper bag fan,,,, kick you in the butt for shooting your mouth off !

  4. By silverfox2dallas on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    There is no way that the Vikings are going to lose this game we should have won last january and we will win tonight showing the “superbowl champs” once again that we were the better team that night and every other game. I cant wait for what espn will be saying after we win tonight

  5. By rodney on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply


  6. By NYViking on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Kick some tail Vikes. Show ‘em whose boss. Technically we beat the snot out of them last year; Let’s do it again.

  7. By GWVikes on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    The Saints fans need to shut up on this site and and count their blessings. The Vikings were clearly the better team last year and should have won that game. The Saints have to know it was a tainted victory. Have the Saints and their fans forgotten the cheap shots taken on Favre? Have the Saints and their fans forgotten that there were fines given after the game because of those cheap shots? I guess the media played that down since the script had already been written. Have the Saints andtheir fans forgotten the penalty that was given that put them in position for the overtime score. The penalty on not only a uncatchable ball but also one with no contact. Have the Saints fans forgotten the fumbles at the most inoportune times. Have the Saints and their fans thought about what would have happened if the 12 man on the field call was not called? You see, while the Saints and fans were busy celebrating their tainted victory down in the quarter while the Vikings and all their fans have had to carry that bitter night until tonight. I can assure you the Vikings and their fans have not forgotten!

  8. By rodney on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I heard if the saints lose tonight the saint they will not wear bags on there head .They will wear condom on there head.I guess the saying is true they are a bunch of d_- k heads

  9. By Roberta Stafford on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    It’s OUR time boys! Let’s do it! You may not be playing at home but we are ALL right there with you! I wanna see some serious D – C’mon!!

  10. By armchairanalyst on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    If the D-backfield can provide effective coverage – IF, IF, IF – we will win this game, and only GB will stand in the way of homefield throughout the championship — assuming — Brett remains healthy. If we get through week #8 on top of the division, on top of the NFC — lights out!!!

  11. By vikingslayer on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Minnesota doesn’t have a chance with their busted grandpa quarterback and players crying about headaches. We won and the vikes lost. Get over it sore losers. This maybe the game that finally puts undecided Brett into retirement. Enjoy! Who Dat!

  12. By Eugene on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    That’s all the Saints can say is our “grandpa” QB but they fear this “grandpa” QB so much til they feel they gotta hurt him but that mentality won’t carry them too far no need to worry Vikings nation we are a better team and this season we will prove it get ready to chant “Purple Reign” and I hope we bring the Purple Rain to New Orleans and Reign on thier parade. Go Vikings!!

  13. By Skol_Vikings on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Saints fans thrive on being dirty have little to no sportsmanship. The dirtier the game, the more proud they become. SHUT EM DOWN VIKES!

  14. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tell the dline to kill kill kill at will. Send the house break their spirit and then destroy the left overs.

  15. By Kraze k on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    The only reason why the Dirty Aints can’t play a fair football game is because of just that they are dirty and the reason why they are dirty is because they can not get cleaned up from Katrina!!!!!!!!!!! Go Vikes kill them just like Katrina did.

  16. By Shawn on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    If our offensive line can protect Favre and open up holes for AP than its lights out for the Saints!!! Favre will pick them apart and AP will run all over them!! Im not worried about our Defense I know they will show up to play!!! DESTROY BREES JARED ALLEN!!! GO VIKES!!!!!!!!

  17. By BfreshGFViksFan on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    With all words a side, The vikings are the more hungery team and will leave this game with chuncks of Dirty Aints in their mouths. The team has become accustomed to Favre and the D wants to avenge all the dirty hits on him. Lets face it,I wouldn’t want to be Drew tonight, with the “Shock and AWWE!” comming at him. Adrian is just to much for the “Dirty Aints”. The Aints D is just to undersized for our line and the their corners are only good at covering not tackling. and WHO are their line backers again??? Thats right, lucky season Saints and dont think this year is going to be a good one for you. Your luck is better at seeing a boobie then making it to the super bowl. peace out.

  18. By Kraze k on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Brees should watch out especially with that Madden course!!!!! Here comes the Vikings D-line.

  19. By RESQR on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Read this and see if you still believe in Favre…….

  20. By GWVikes on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    nm Moron

  21. By GWViking on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Nancy Drew gonna need some Fabreze because he gonna be stinkin the dome up tonight.

  22. By cajun on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply


  23. By cajun on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I just got done listening to both coaches!!!!!!!!!!!! Not really only listened to one coach and put on one child dress . Freakin pitiful with all your sorry ass whining, 4 trips no ring does not excuse you from letting us revel in greatness, especially as long as we sucked. But unlike you sorry ass Viking fans, we sucked with dignity and invented the freakin ass bags chump. On a more friendly note, are you out there DAKOTAVIKING? GCI SELLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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