Confidence Meter: NFC Championship Game

Gauging my confidence going into the NFC Championship Game:  a spot-by-spot breakdown…

10: Ryan Longwell – The only Viking player who consistently rates a perfect 10-out-of-10 on the confidence scale.  I believe, without reservation, that if Longwell needs to make a clutch kick, he will.  Of course, I probably would’ve said the same thing about Gary Anderson going into the NFC Title game that other time, but let’s not think about that right now.

Prince’s Hair – Wherever Prince watches the game from on Sunday, be it the Superdome or the Prince Cave, his hair is certain to be immaculate.

9: Ryan Cook – I have 90% confidence in Ryan Cook’s ability to not screw up from the sideline.  There’s always that small chance he could trip and step on Brett Favre’s foot.

Brett Favre – Woah, why do I not have 100% confidence in Brett?  Simple – cause I was paying attention during the Arizona game where the defensive scheme clearly messed with his mind.  I think Brett will play well, but there’s always the chance the Saints will throw some crazy stuff at him and knock everything out of rhythm.

8: Offensive Line – I’m saying it; I have a decent amount of confidence that our offensive line will play well.  They stoned the Cowboys‘ allegedly great pass rushers, and should be able to handle what the Saints throw at them.  Their worst games have come outdoors.

Sidney Rice – If Brett gets time to throw those deep balls to Sidney and the Saints are single-covering him like most teams do, then Sidney will have a big game.  If the ball is catchable he will catch it.

7:  Chester Taylor – If Chester gets chances to make plays, he’ll make some plays (kind of a big if).  My concern is that he could have one clank off his hands like in the Pittsburgh game.

6:  Visanthe Shiancoe – I like Visanthe’s sure-handedness, especially if we’re way up and trying to rub it in.  Health is the concern.  And that he could disappear like he did against the Cowboys, if the flow of the game goes away from him too much.

Tackling – This is only at 6 because they tackled well against the Cowboys.  It was probably closer to 2 about a month ago.

5:  Defensive Line – After that incredible performance vs. the Cowboys, this should be much higher, but there are a couple of factors that keep it from being so:  1) Kevin Williams and Ray Edwards are banged up; 2)  If Ray Edwards doesn’t play, the Saints will load up against Jared Allen even more than they would have anyway; 3) Pat Williams has had injury problems recently as well; 4) As the second Bears game taught us, even when teams block Jared one-on-one, he can be taken out of the game; 4)  5 is about where the line deserves to be rated in a road game, considering how they played on the road most of the year.  This will shoot up to 10 if they pressure Drew Brees a lot in the first quarter.

4:  Adrian Peterson – I’ve gone from not knowing what to expect from Adrian to basically expecting him not to show up.  The only thing I can say with any certainty is that, if Favre tries a dump-off pass to him over the middle, he will miss it.

Secondary – Yeah, I know, they looked great against the Cowboys…or was that just because Tony Romo sucks?  I can’t have much confidence in this unit given who we are playing, where we are playing, and what state Antoine Winfield is in.

3:  Brad Childress – Call me a Chilly-hater if you will, but my greatest fear remains that the game will be close and the pivotal moment will involve a terrible game management decision or a challenge flag at the wrong time or something else absurd.  Or that Childress will decide this is the time to run Adrian Peterson up the middle 30 times to “shorten the game.”

2:  Kick Coverage – Admit it:  You fully expected the Cowboys to get back in the game by housing a kick-off.  You’re still amazed it didn’t happen.

1:  Percy Harvin – Looks like we’ll have to do it without him.  We might as well get used to this.

0:  Packer Fans Keeping Their Shit Together if Favre Goes to the Super Bowl - The stupidity and bitterness will flow fast and furious if the Vikings win, sending Favre to the Super Bowl.  And then of course there will be the phonies who say they were rooting for him all along.

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  • SH28

    My confidence meter:
    0 Danzinski gets a 0.5 for his lack of faith in the Vikings (just above a 0 for Packers fans who also mostly live in Wisconsin).
    1 Percy is a risk, but we all knew that when we were wondering if we should take Oher.
    2 Kick coverage has not been a problem since Kluwe stopped overkicking his coverage.
    3 Childress has learned his lesson – just let Favre call the game.
    4 Adrian is very valuable bait.
    5 Kevin Williams and Ray Edwards will start.

  • Chuckie

    I don’t know how many times I have to say it but……. the vikings will go as far as their DEFENSE takes them. Everyone is looking at the offenses and Brees vs Favre. But it’s whatever team plays better defense will win. Whomever pressures the QB better will win. Whoever gets the critical turnover will win.

    And that is why Minnesota will win. The defense will keep the Saints out of the endzone and force field goals.

    Minnesota 31 New orleans 19

  • Mike

    The following is a good video about the importance of disguising run versus pass, the Saints will need to load 8 in the box to stop AD and how it will allow Favre to exploit the Saints D:

  • rose4192

    we got it won. trent stupid dilfer said we have no chance to win for the 2nd straight week . this is from a guy who picked the bears to win the div . it got so bad that espn took off his video of him predicitng the dallas -vikes game last week . he picked dallas by 14 -17 points .

  • SH28

    HARVIN IS OK !!!!!!

  • mike

    Good luck tomorrow Vikings fans,

    You are in a bad spot here hoping Brett will take you to that special place. Remember how you rejoiced after Brett choked in the 2007/08 NFC Championship game? And remember how you rejoiced when Brett choked in the 2003/04 NFC Championship game?

    And now you’re rooting for him?

    Mr. Favre hasn’t won a meaningful playoff game since he gave up the booze/painkillers many years ago. It’s very, very sad, but very, very true. The guy doesn’t have the head for it anymore.

    Much has been made this year about how difficult it’s been for Packer fans to watch their former hero lead the purple enemy to success and more success. But less has been made about how difficult it secretly has been for long-time Favre haters to embrace their enemy while he leads them to regular season win after regular season win only to see him…

    choke in the playoffs.

    Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to tomorrow and beyond…

    a close game…
    an interception when it matters most…
    your QB crying after the game or in a press conference later…
    six months of indecision as to whether he will play for you next year…

    Good luck tomorrow, really. I hope it works out for you.


    A football fan who is eager for #4 to retire.

  • Mike

    Apparently, little mike didn’t see Brett Favre throw 4 TDs last week IN THE PLAYOFFs against the mighty Cowboys (who killed your Aints during the season). Not surprising for someone that posts trash talk at 4 AM.

  • mike

    Thanks Joe! We Saints fans don’t like Favre.

  • mike

    Actually, gents, you have me pegged wrong. I’m a Packer fan in agony watching Favre win with you guys. I could care less about the Saints. Yes I was drunk when I posted that comment. And yes I’m bitter that my favorite quarterback ever plays for the team I hate most, but I’m perfectly willing to admit you all have a very good team. I’m just saying. I’ve been through it many times. I’ve watched and loved Favre for many years. He may still be a great QB but he doesn’t have the head for it anymore to win the biggest games under the most pressure. He absolutely choked a couple years ago in overtime against the Giants in the NFC championship game. And he choked against the Eagles in overtime in 2004.

    The one thing I will say that you have going for you is that he loves being the underdog. He tends to play great when people doubt he can do it. And there are a lot of people out there besides myself doubting whether he can do it.

    That said I will check back on your blog tomorrow and see what you’re saying about the great Brett and how he did under pressure. Good luck.

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