The Minnesota Vikings & New Orleans Saints clash 7:30 Thursday Night in the Superdome

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

CITY, ST (WLOX) - Last season the New Orleans Saints offense played extremely well against the Vikings defense in the first half, but that defense stymied quarterback Drew Brees and company holding New Orleans to only 73 yards on six drives in the second half.

Turnovers proved costly for Brett Favre and his Viking teammates as Garrett Hartley kicked a game winning field goal in overtime to propel the Saints past Minnesota.

Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams came up with a game plan to aggressively hunt down Favre and fans can expect the same type of attack.

"Name any situation on the field, he's been through it, " explained Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. "He's lived it. So it's hard to say we can disrupt him when you're a guy who's been there, done that many times over."

Did the New Orleans Saints go overboard and punish Brett Fare playing too rough in the NFC title game? Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childless says the Saints did play a little too rough, but he says his defense will also take aim on Saints quarterback Drew Breeds.

Childless said, " don't think that New Orleans will have any different, any difference stance in wanting to hit the quarterback."  He added, "And we won't have any different stance in wanting to hit their quarterback."@

The Saints aggressively attacked Fare, putting pressure on the veteran quarterback and according to the Saints defensive players, Brett, who turns 41-years-old next month, can expect more of the same.@New Orleans tight end Jeremy Hockey isn't so sure Fare will be affected.  He said, "I think it would affect 99.9 percent of the quarterbacks a lot. That guy I don't know. I think he's the exception."

Fare is looking forward to the Saints game. His biggest concern is the possibility of not having the Vikings starting center in the lineup.

"It's always tough when you have to work with a new center<" he stated. "We hope John plays, is able to play at a high level."

The City of New Orleans is beginning to buzz with excitement, and that excitement will culminate Thursday night beginning at 7:30.

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