This is the time of year when playoff talk begins in earnest. Early in the season every fan believes his team will be in contention by playoff time. Most even spout Super Bowl talk. It isn”t long before boasting becomes hoping and then dissolves in fervent but outlandish wishing for some team’s fans. In the 2009 NFL season there are currently three teams with unblemished records and real shots at a Super Bowl.
The NFC currently features two teams I believe have just about clinched their spot in the playoffs and both have a legitimate shot at making it to the Super Bowl in Miami. Only a complete and utter collapse will prevent the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings from making the playoffs.
The Vikings have Adrian Peterson and a stunningly good defense. I just watched the Vikings take apart the Green Bay Packers. Brett Favre sure looks good for an aging relic. While I’m not the biggest favre fan, having gotten tired of the hoopla surrounding him, I must admit he looks sharp and with a running back like Adrian Peterson to be the focus of the offense, Favre seems to fill the bill very well in Minnesota.
The New Orleans Saints have been an offensive moster in the past. In 2009 the Saints are still a very good offense, maybe the best, certainly the most explosive. What’s different about the 2009 saints is the defense. It was a big question mark coming into the season but things have worked out well. Darren Sharper and Jabari Greer have upgraded the talent level while new Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams has boosted the intensity profoundly. the saints are now a pretty complete team.
Time will tell whether these two teams will progress to an NFC Championship game. Bad luck, injuries, or other problems could derail a Super Bowl run. But at this point, with the Minnesota Viking enjoying a three-game lead in the NFC North, and the Saints a two-game lead in the NFC South, and neither showing signs of weakness in big games, both the Saints and Vikings have to be considered frontrunners in the race.