As usual, Vikings start strong

NEW ORLEANS -- What an excellent job of play calling on Minnesota’s first drive here in the NFC Championship Game.

The Vikings opened with five consecutive passes and didn’t give tailback Adrian Peterson a touch until the seventh play of the drive. But they let Peterson take over on the Saints’ side of the field, and he took care of the final 36 yards to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead here at the Superdome.

As we discussed earlier, the Vikings have been among the best starters in games among NFL teams this season. It’s the best thing they can do to take the Saints crowd out of this game.