Week 1 KEY NFL Trends – Minnesota Vikings at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Sitting down to the table to begin drafting my KEY NFL TRENDS for Week 1, it was a pleasure to see that my friends at Stat Fox have alread hit the books. Hoping to be more consistent with my columns throuhout 2010, here we go…

Thursday, September 9
MINNESOTA at NEW ORLEANS (-4, 52)
The season kicks off as usual on Thursday night, September 9th, with the defending Super Bowl Champions hosting the contest. This time around, it’s a rematch of the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and Saints. New Orleans won that thriller back in January in overtime, 31-28, en route to a first ever Super Bowl title. These teams were the top two teams in the NFL last year in points scored and thus the lofty total of 52 is well justified, although it is 1-1/2 points below last year’s title game total. The pointspread is identical. Of course so much of what happens in this game comes down to whether or not Brett Favre returns under center for Minnesota. Some notes to consider about this contest…the defending Super Bowl champ has opened at home the follow-up season the last six years. In those games, that host is 6-0 SU & 4-1-1 ATS, with Pittsburgh field goal win over Tennessee the only pointspread blemish. The last three games have gone UNDER the total.

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