It was a very satisfying win over the Cowboys yesterday. They came to town with all of the momentum and the praise of the pundits and got knocked on their butts. It would have been a good win over any team, but coming against the Cowboys, the only NFL team that I hate with a passion that I'll take to the grave, makes it especially delicious. They were a good team this year and I can respect their ability to play, it's just that they can take their "America's Team" and their prick of an owner and pound them straight up you know where.
Poor baby: Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking took exception to the Vikes adding a TD late in the game. If it had been up to me I would have kicked a field goal, but...meh. If you want to keep the other team from scoring, Brooking, try playing some football you big baby. That said, I don't think coach Brad Childress was channeling his inner Belichick, I think he was just confused. Childress showed the same baffling play management at the end of the first half too. He deserves great credit for the success of the Vikes this year, but he has a history of brain-farting like that at key moments in games. If he does that against the Saints this coming Sunday, Sean Payton is going to clean his clock with it.
Hey Gerald? That big "K" imprinted on your forehead? That stands for Karma.
I hope Ray Edwards got a game ball for his performance yesterday. One big thing to watch today is the verdict on his injured knee. How that plays out will have a big impact on the Viking game plan for Sunday.
No matter what happens now, I think it's indisputable that the Bret Favre signing was a great move. I was very doubtful at the time, but I have to give Brad Childress credit for going after him and for being right on both Favre's ability on the field and the positive leadership role that he has played this year.
If both teams show up on Sunday at the Superdome, and I think they will, it should be one heck of a game. It's fitting that the two best NFC teams of the regular season are going to meet, and it's no false modesty for fans of both teams to have respect for the other guys this week. The Saints are the favorite in my book, but the Vikes have a good chance. I have the nagging suspicion though, that this game was decided when the Vikes flopped against the Bears last month and failed to grab the opportunity for home field advantage. The Saints have it, and that just may be the difference.
I went 3-1 on my playoff predictions again this weekend. Despite my dislike for Jets coach Rex Ryan, I was delighted to see the Jets prove me wrong and knock off San Diego. I'm still in the lead for this playoff FFL round and that crippled a few of my opponents who went heavy with Chargers on their team. Not me.
Update-Good news on Ray Edwards:
Edwards sustained a mildly sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee, according to a source with knowledge of the diagnosis. Edwards could miss some practice time, but he will be OK come game time Sunday, the source said.