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Predictions From the NFL Gab Network

We asked our football experts with the NFL Gridiron Gab network their thoughts and predictions on Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. Here’s what they had to say.

Matt Loede, site editor

As a football fan, this to me is the game we all wanted to see from the NFC (sorry Cowboy and Cardinal fans). The #1 seed vs the #2 seed. Brett Favre vs Drew Brees. Adrian Peterson vs Reggie Bush. It’s all there for what could and should be a classic in terms of conference title games.

I am sorry Saint fans, I know your at home, and I know that you played great last week vs a tired Cardinals team that was way overmatched, but the run ends here. There’s not only a legend on the other side of the field in Favre that has one bullet left in the gun, but there’s also the fact that the Vikings have a better defense and a better run game with Peterson and Chester Taylor.

There’s a couple major factors I think the Vikings sneak this out. First, as stated above, I like the run game for Minnesota. Adrian Peterson is a back that has that ability to hit the big play at anytime, and while the Saints stopped Arizona after that first Tim Hightower run last week, I think here the Vikings O-line and run game keeps Brees off the field, giving them a solid edge in time of possession.

Then there is the Vikings pass rush, which I think will pressure some Bress mistakes. If you don’t believe me, just ask Aaron Rodgers about it, or how about last week when they put a hurtin on Tony Romo, forcing some fumbles and errors all over the place?

No doubt the Saints are a great team, and they will have their moments in this game, but for the reasons stated above, I love Minnesota to end the New Orleans party, setting up a Manning-Favre classic in Super Bowl XLIV.

Minnesota 34 New Orleans 27

Frank Minniti, Bills Gab

I think the Saints will go marching into Miami as the NFC representative in the Super Bowl. I think that home field advantage is the key, and no team in the NFL is better at home than New Orleans. I think the Vikings’ best plan of attack is pound the rock with Adrian Peterson to keep the Saints offense on the sidelines, allowing Favre to take some shots down the field to Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian. IF the Vikings can’t get to Brees, it”ll be a long day in the Big Easy. Defensively the Vikings need Jared Allen to set the tone and create utter chaos in the the New Orleans backfield. In the end, I have to give the edge to the Saints. They have too many weapons on offense and they can spread the Vikings defense out and pick their poison.

Saints 27, Vikings 23

Jeremy Fuchs, Giants Gab

Homefield helps, but I think the Saints will be able to control the Vikings pass rush, something the Cowboys couldn’t do. Saints will adjust, put another blocker on Jared Allen, and win the game.

Saints 24 -14

Mike Burke, Eagles Gab

This should be a very good game. You’ve got a matchup with two very high powered offenses that can put up some serious points. This could be Brett Favre’s final season (God I hope so) so you know he’s going to put it all on the line. Both quarterbacks can throw the ball, so I think the play of the running backs should be something interesting to watch. I saw an interesting argument on ESPN this week about which running back you’d rather have on your team this weekend: Adrian Peterson or Reggie Bush. It seems like a no brainer but Bush has had a pretty good postseason and has the “hot hand.”

I see this game as being more exciting than the first game because I can see their being more flash on the offensive side of the ball. The matchup really seems like it should be a close game and I hope that it is.

Adam Warwas, Vikings Gab

The Vikings have a few keys to the game. The first is to establish the run game in an effort to gain yards, control the clock, keep Brees off the field, and tire down the Saints defense.

Second, they have to put pressure on Brees utilizing very few blitzing schemes. The front four has to stop the run and force passing situations. This combined with physical play from the corners is our best shot at derailing Brees.

Third, a quick start is essential to keeping the crowd as much out of the game as possible.

Vikings 41-27

To read Adam’s full thoughts on the game, click here.

Gilbert Torres, Saints Gab

The Saints are confident and loose..and that’s dangerous. Did you hear Payton at his last press conference? Have you seen how the guys are enjoying the moment? And that’s why I think they will win.

Sure, the Saints are playing at home..72,000 screaming Who Dats creating a deafening noise. Sure Jared Allen is not the same player on the road as he is at home. Sure, the Saints have Drew Brees and a healthy Jabari Greer, Pierre Thomas, Sedrick Ellis etc.

The Saints understand the moment and what it means to be here and what it means to the fans and the city.

The Saints jump out early and often. The defense will throw a few suprises at Farve and he’ll never know what hit him.

Aints No More 38 Vikings 24


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One Response to “Predictions From the NFL Gab Network”

  1. SaintsDude says:

    Just goes to show ya that you don’t have to be smart to write in this column 🙂 Vikes 34-23
    When brees takes that short little drop and his eyes are down field… BIG Pat Williams will flatten him. Ain’t no More

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