BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A national audience is awaiting the Minnesota Vikings-New Orleans Saints season opener. Anticipation has been building since the 2010 NFL schedule was released. It's a rematch of last seasons NFC title showdown won by the Saints in overtime on a field goal.
After watching the Saints pound the Texans and the 49ers take down the Vikings, it's apparent coach Sean Payton's defending Super Bowl champs are much further along than the Vikings in preparing for the September 9th game.
There was little to judge after the brief, very brief, appearance by Brett Favre against San Francisco on Sunday. Favre played one series which lasted four plays. Brett completed one pass and was sacked once. It didn't take Minnesota head coach Brad Childress very long to pull Favre from the game.
The 49ers defense aggressively attacked Favre and you can expect the same all-out aggressive attack to be put into motion by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on September 9th.
Favre will have a target on his back, front, and side. In the 2009 NFC title game the Saints attacked Brett, hitting the veteran quarterback high and low. He suffered a severe ankle injury that required surgery and Favre can expect a similar assaulting defensive scheme two weeks from Thursday.
The Saints made giant strides offensively from preseason game number one to preseason game number two. Following a 27-24 loss to New England, the Saints shot holes through the Houston Texans defense, posting a 38 to 20 victory.
The New Orleans offensive line opened holes for running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas and when that happens, Drew Brees can drop back and pepper opposing secondary's.
On a positive note backup quarterback Chase Daniel played extremely well and even resembled Brees in his execution. The second-year player from Missouri took a giant step in vying for the number two job behind Brees. Veteran quarterback Patrick Ramsey will get another chance to show his stuff in Friday's preseason game at San Diego.
Preseason is just that...preseason. However, depending on how much the Vikings improve between now and September 9th, the much anticipated Vikings-Saints match up could become a "Letdown" instead of a "Showdown."