+) In January 2010, the Saints and Vikings played an amazing NFC conference championship game, which the Saints won. In September 2010, the Saints opened the NFL season against the Vikings in what was promised as a rematch, but turned into a defensive struggle, which the Saints won. In December of 2011, Saints vs Vikings was a lopsided affair as the Vikings have gone nowhere but down since that NFC championship game, and the Saints are trying to get back to the Super Bowl. The final score was 42-20 this past Sunday, but the game wasn’t even that close. Take away a couple bonehead plays (Brian De La Puente snapped the ball before Brees was ready and the Vikings recovered. Coach Payton called for an onside kick in the 2nd quarter which the Vikings recovered) and the final might have been 52-10 instead.
+) The blowout of the Vikings is the Saints second road win in as many weeks. There’s no doubt the Saints play better at home, but going 5-3 on the road for the season is nothing to scoff at. I like their chances to win a playoff game on the road much more now than I did 2 weeks ago.
+) Drew Brees is having one of the best seasons a quarterback has ever had in the NFL, but yet whenever he does this, he always gets overshadowed. This year by Aaron Rodgers. Even though Brees is going to break Dan Marino’s single season yardage record, and break his own single season accuracy record, and he already broke the record for most 300 yard games in a season, and is carrying a streak of 41 straight games with a TD pass (2nd longest in history), and is leading his team to the playoffs while riding a 6 game winning streak at the most important time of the season … he still may not win the league MVP award. If Rodgers loses another game, Brees could very well overtake him in the MVP race.
+) I’ll say it, because nobody else will: Brees is better than Rodgers. Have you ever watched Rodgers try to come from behind to win a game in the 4th quarter? He can’t do it.
+) It’s interesting that Reggie Bush is having such a good season in Miami. The Dolphins aren’t a great team, but Bush is having a nice year. The Saints don’t really miss him, since they signed Sproles in his place. I guess that’s a win-win for both Bush and the Saints.