2010 NFC Divisional Playoffs:Saints vs. Cardinals,
Vikings vs. CowboysJanuary 12, 2010 by Marc Jerbs

In the NFC Wildcard Playoffs, it was St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys which emerged victorious against their worthy opponents. The Cardinals scored a TD in a defensive play against the Packers for an OT thriller win while the Cowboys piled it over against the Eagles for a rout. These two teams are HOT! HOT! HOT!

The NFC No.1 seed New Orleans Saints is the next opponent the St. Louis Cardinals will face. The Cardinals may have caught the Saints at the right time, the Saints have are coming of a three game losing streak at the end of the regular season. If the Saint doesn't regain their mojos in time then expect a huge upset win by the Cardinals. The key for the Saints is to start fast and shuffle their defensive sets all the time to keep the Cardinals' offense guessing. For the Cardinals, protect QB Kurt Warner at all cost to give him time to assess the field and let their RBs loose and run amuck inside the Saints' defense.

Cowboys' QB Tony Romo is playing extremely well during the tail end of the regular season as well as in the Wild Card playoffs against the Eagles. He's not doing it alone but also the Cowboys' defensive unit who's been shutting down the opponent's offense bigtime. These are the main problems that the No. 2 seed Minnesota Viking must solve when they face the Cowboys. QB Brett Favre may have to share the load with RB Adrian Peterson in manning the offensive sets for the Vikings. Peterson must establish his running game to lessen the pressure on Favre's passing plays.

This could be a full action pack weekend as these four teams try to outhit, outhustle and battle it out for a spot in the NFC Championship game. The Saints were installed as a 7-point favorite while the Vikings are just a 2.5-points favorite. It would be a win or go home game for each NFC team.

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