Foxborough - Good afternoon from a chilly and windy Gillette Stadium.
Here are five quick things to look for when the Minnesota Vikings take on the New England Patriots today:
1. Do not underestimate Brett Lorenzo Favre: Does he have a huge ego? Sure. Does he love the spotlight? You bet. Does he like to build in an excuse should he falter? Absolutely. Can he crush the dreams of fans by throwing crushing interceptions in big games? Yes. But this is also true: Favre is at his best when people are doubting him, and when he's beat up. Say what you want about him, but he's one of the best competitors the NFL has ever known.
2. Brad Childress will stop Adrian Peterson for the Patriots: Peterson better make the most of his carries, because just when it looks like he's in a rhythm and about to dominate the game, Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will take Peterson out for Toby Gerhart. It never fails.
3. Tom Brady should be able to eat up this Cover-2 defense: While Vikings linebackers E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway are very good players, they are not very good in coverage. Brady shouldn't have any trouble throwing over the top of them. Add in that Chris Cook and Frank Walker (whoever ends up playing) is ripe for the picking by Brady.
4. Be worried about Ray Edwards: Jared Allen has a big mouth and the track record, but Vikings LDE Ray Edwards has been the much better player this season. It's not even close.
5. Get after Favre: The Vikings' offensive line isn't very good in spots, so the Patriots need to be able to bring some strong pressure. When Favre is sacked two or less times, he's 10-1 with the Vikings.