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Michael Kun

Co-author of The Football Uncyclopedia. He is also the author of six other books and is a practicing attorney.

Result won't tell us much

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It's awfully nice -- and awfully wise -- for the NFL to schedule a rematch of the NFC championship game to kick off the new season this Thursday night.

I know I'll be watching that game, and I suspect you will, too. And that wouldn't have been the case if the Rams were hosting the Bills. (Sorry Rams fans. Sorry Bills fans.)

Given the excellent show the Saints and Vikings put on in that NFC championship game last winter, there's every reason to believe that we'll see another great game this week.

But, unless there is a significant injury during the game, this one game is unlikely to tell us anything about this season other than confirming that both teams are just as strong as they were last season. Win or lose Thursday night, the Saints should still have a strong season that puts them back in the playoffs. Same for the Vikings. They should both be there in December and January. (Please note the not-so-casual use of the word "should." It's certainly possible that the Saints suffer from a Super Bowl hangover, as other Super Bowl winners have done. It's certainly possible that the Vikings don't mesh as well as they did last year. And it's certainly possible that the rest of the league will figure out one or both teams. But they both "should" still be in the playoffs. I've yet to see anyone predict that either team or both will be left out in the cold.)

Losing Thursday will only be a bump in the road for whichever team loses.

Given how closely matched these teams were and still are, it will probably be a close game.

My guess (and it's only a guess): Saints 34, Vikings 30.

My guarantee (and I would actually bet on it if someone would take the bet): at least a dozen close-ups of Brett Favre wincing in pain.

By Michael Kun  |  September 7, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  | Category:  Minnesota Vikings , NFL , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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