The NFL released its 2010 schedule yesterday and one of the things I got most excited about was the season opener. The season will officially start on Sept. 9th for what’s expected to be an exciting game between the Minnesota Vikings and the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints.
I love games like this, when both teams have something to prove to each other. It’s not your typical “we’re better than you game.” Oh no, this is personal. These two last met in last year’s NFC Championship game where the Saints won by a field goal in overtime and Brett Favre got beaten to a pulp. (Thankfully that rule has been revised, even though I was rooting for the Saints). The Saints want to prove that they deserved to win, and the Vikings want to prove that it was a fluke. I’m not the only one who’s excited about this game though, Viking’s head coach Brad Childress expressed his feelings about the reunion:
“I can’t imagine it being any more charged than the last time we were down there. That’s always a great, hostile environment to play in.”
This was a great move by the NFL to make this the opening match up. It’ll be interesting to see these two great teams clash again. With this announcement, I can’t imagine Brett Favre not coming back although he still hasn’t officially made up his mind. All I can say is, I am ready for some football.
Vikings-Saints Open Up NFL Season [ESPN]