On Thursday, the 2010-2011 NFL season opens at Louisiana Superdome. The "Superdome" is the home turf of the defending XLIV SuperBowl champions, the New Orleans Saints. This would be a fitting tribute for the SuperBowl champs as they face their archrival Minnesota Viking in a NFL opening game. This would be a replay of last season's NFC Conference championship game wherein the Saints prevailed over the Vikings.
A lot of sports analysts have penciled the Saints as a legit contender this season. They are primed for a return trip for SuperBowl XLV. The Saints have still their core group intact, they have may let some veteran players go to other teams but have stacked up pretty during the NFL Draft. Their secondary unit was christened as the most talented in the NFL.
Plus, they have SuperBowl MVP QB Drew Brees manning the Saints. Having a healthier RB Reggie Bush could cause a lot of headache for the opposing teams. Bush is running in full throttle during the Saints' preseason games, which alone is a good sign for the Saints as well as their hardcore fans.
The Vikings are itching their way for payback against the Saints. An opening game against the Saints is all they have wanted. These game should start with a lot of atrocities and hard hitting tackles.
With QB Brett Favre coming back for another shot at redemption, the Vikings are still a formidable team in the NFC. The Vikings are considered as the second-best team in the NFC with all key players healthy, right behind the Saints. However, they will have numerous problems in the season due to key player injuries; QB Brett Favre's is still recovering from his injuries and a brutal schedule in the first half of the season against the last year's playoffs bound teams.
The sportsbook handicappers have installed the New Orleans Saints as the favorite to beat the Minnesota Vikings. A win against the Vikings would start their season on the right note. But, a primetime loss is associated more of a SuperBowl hangover.