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NFC NORTH TODAY
Today’s the day for scouting opponents. Here’s the lineup:

  • Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears at noon on Fox TV.
    • Will the Lions finally prove everyone wrong and win some games?
    • Is Chester Taylor going to take even more punishment than he did during his first season in Purple?
  • Vikings upcoming opponent, the Miami Dolphins face the Bills in Buffalo at noon on the NFL Network’s RedZone, if you’ve got it.
    • Can Chad Henne do it for a full season?
    • Will Benny Sapp shine at home?
  • The Philadelphia Eagles host the Green Bay Packers at 3:15 PM CST
    • Is Kevin Kolb for real?
    • How far will the Green and Gold’s defense drag them down?

WHATEVER
The Vikings & Saints solidarity salute before the game was like, whatever. It’s hard to get all worked up about a squabble between millionaires.

Except when it eliminates my damn football season, that is.

BRETT FAVRE, D-HATTIESBURG, MS
Speaking of politics, we now know that quarterback Brett Favre is a Democrat. The AP reports that Favre and his wife gave $2400 each to to the campaign of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, who is facing re-election in Favre’s home district against Republican Steven Palazzo and the Reform Party’s Anna Jewel Revies

SO THAT’S WHY
The Star Tribune‘s Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins, in a story about Husain Abdullah winning the strong safety job, quote coach Brad Childress saying “Sometimes it’s not pretty in that last line of defense, but all you are talking about is usually finding angles and getting somebody down.”

So that’s why the Vikings safeties had one interception last year. They’re not required to.

CHILL PILL
Doug Farrar of The Shutdown Corner is hosting a cute caption-writing contest featuring a picture of Brett Favre carrying a handful of pizza boxes.

But, oh my God. Scroll down and check out some of the comments.

I’m pretty sure Favre is perfectly capable of defending his honor…if it needs defending.

Sometimes football fans need to seriously get a life.

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The share NBC got for the Vikings/Saints matchup on Thursday, the highest-rated prime-time regular season game since 1997.

Begs the question: Were those Favre-driven ratings, and if so, doesn’t the NFL have a fiduciary responsibility to protect Brett Favre from the nasty New Orleans of the world?

The answer is obvious.

ON DEMAND
Comcast is playing an NFL Network feature of the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees, which, of course, include Vikings defensive tackle, John Randle. They are also replaying a 10 minute version of the Vikings loss to the Saints last week.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Happy birthday to Super-Vikings Fan, friend of Minnesota Vikings Chat,  and director of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, Dan Lind.

TWITTER CHAT
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