The crossover between the National Football League and American Idol has finally happened. Yay.
We’ll get to the singing nonsense in a second, but first — how about them Vikings? A 34-3 whitewash of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional round might’ve been the biggest surprise of these NFL playoffs. Coming in to this contest (a game where the Cowboys were just +2.5 underdogs at the Metrodome), Dallas had been playing some of the best football we’ve seen this year; the Cowboys had only allowed 14 points over their last three contests and absolutely throttled the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles in back-to-back weeks.
What Dallas didn’t have, though, was an answer for Brett Favre. Favre went for four touchdowns, 234 yards and a constant assault on Dallas cornerback Mike Jenkins, who looked totally incapable of dealing with the strength of WR Sidney Rice (Favre’s go-to receiver and the best No. 4 has played with in years, to be honest). It was vintage Favre, playing tremendous football at age 40 and while totally outclassing the Dallas secondary and, lest we forget, his Cowboys counterpart, 29-year-old Tony Romo.
Not to hang this loss on Romo, but it wasn’t anywhere near his finest day. He proved incapable of avoiding the Minnesota pass-rush and turned the ball over at critical moments, rekindling all those talks that he simply cannot win the big games when needed. Still, it’s hard to pin the loss entirely on him, as Dallas had its fair share of goats on the day (Shaun Suisham missed two field goals; Marion Barber had just 14 yards on eight carries).
The blowout Minnesota win sets the stage nicely for next week’s battle in New Orleans (currently, at the Sports Interaction online sportsbook, the Saints are listed as four-point favourites and the Over/Under is at 53.0 points) — because the way Favre is playing, there is certainly some sports betting money to be had. NFL football betting futures have the Vikings at 4/1 to win Super Bowl XLVI, the second-biggest underdog remaining (the New York Jets are the longhot at 7/1). Taking into account the Favre factor and adding the outstanding defense displayed by Minnesota on Sunday — six sacks, three takeaways — the Vikings are a nice pick at 4/1 to capture the Super Bowl, and have to be considered strongly at +4.5 in the Superdome.
Now, as for the musical number we alluded to off the top. The good folks at Fox caught onto this (click here to see a slightly shaky version) prior to the game, catching wind of an agreement between Favre and rookie Percy Harvin. Apparently, Favre agreed to sing “Pants on the Ground” — an original song composed by American Idol contestant Larry Platt — if the Vikings advanced to the NFC title game; they did, and that meant Favre had to croon. Fox caught ol’ No. 4 in action, and the rest is history, immoratlized in YouTube lore.
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