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  • Just how good is New Orleans???

    I like them a lot but I just noticed that their SOS for their 1st 6 games is the worst in the NFL standing at a .404 winning percentage for their opponents. They are beating teams easily but outside of the Giants they really haven't played anybody. .404 is by a large margin, the easiest schedule in the league and we might not get a true picture of this team till the playoffs simular to Tennessee last year. Tennessee had one of the weakest SOS last year in the NFL which carried them to the playoffs but drew a very tough schedule this year. Think schedule makes a difference for teams???
    Last edited by Iamcanadian; 10-29-2009, 05:15 AM.
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    Well I still have questions about this team, but they are getting answered more and more after every week.

    I think the schedule doesn't look good now but we played a lot of our opponents at challenging times... for instance we played the Eagles in Week 2 after their dominating win over Carolina, the Jets when we played them were 3-0, the Giants 5-0.

    and for some reason after we beat most of the teams we play they go into a funky losing streak after their loss to us.. the Jets went on a 2 game losing skid, the Giants lost to the Cardinals after their loss to us.
    Last edited by Auron; 10-29-2009, 05:30 AM.

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    • #3
      The Saints are for real. I can't wait for them to play the Falcons in what is going to be a really crucial game for both teams.

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      • #4
        They're the real deal. I am a bit concerned about their run D. Miami dominated them with the power running game,but got away from it which cost them the game.


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        • #5
          They whupped up on the Giants, a top 5 team in the league IMO, what else more do you need to know??

          If the Saints D can hold up and avoid injuries, this could be a magical season in the Big Easy.

          I'd love to see them matched up against the Vikes in the NFC championship game and the Steelers in the SB.

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          • #6
            Sharper brings an edge to their backfield that hasn't existed in NO for years. They made changes everywhere on D over the last 2 seasons and it's looking rude.

            They are very good. I completely agree with Auron - the Saints have been playing good teams when they were hot. The SOS is inaccurate in this case.

            The NFC South has the toughest schedule in the league this year being matched up with the AFC & NFC East and their own division is generally strong. They get down weeks courtesy of Tampa & Carolina, Washington & Buffalo.

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            • #7
              SOS in midseason isn't a good indicator because those teams the Saints beat have a low winning percentage, in part, because they played the Saints.

              With as many bad teams there are this year I'd say the Saints' record is more legit than the Colts and a bit less than the Broncos. I'm saying that as a Colts fan. The Eagles, Jets, and Dolphins games are quality wins for NO. The Colts top 3 quality opponent wins are AZ, JAX, and Miami. The Broncos top 3 are CIN, NE, and Dallas, and they also beat SD on the road which is worth mentioning.

              The Miami game might raise some questions about the defense, but Miami also gave the Colts a handful of a game, they look like a good, tough team that just can't finish a game.

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              • #8
                So good that they should take it easy on Monday night. No reason to dominate my Falcons like I'm afraid they might. :(

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                • #9
                  i wouldn't worry so much about the run defense because of miami. they can run on anybody. right now i think drew brees (and peyton manning) will win every game until he has an off game. there is just no way another team can compete with that offense for 4 quarters.

                  colts are probably the only team i can think of who can line up and beat them right now on paper. the falcons have a great offense, but are too weak on defense.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EvilNixon View Post
                    They're the real deal. I am a bit concerned about their run D. Miami dominated them with the power running game,but got away from it which cost them the game.
                    Miami ran all over the Colts yet no one was concerned whenever the Colts won in a close won. The Dolphins are a strong team, definitely the toughest out of all of the two loss teams, and have played everyone tough so far.

                    I'm not ready to get out the anointing oil yet but they look good, damn good. I had several questions about the team coming into the season. How would Jabari Greer fit into a man-to-man scheme? Does Darren Sharper have any gas left in the tank? Are we going to force feed Reggie Bush the ball like we his first three seasons? Will Will Smith and Charles Grant show flashes of what they used to be? Will our outside linebacker play hold up?

                    So far, at least for me, all of those questions have been answered. While this is only six games into the season, this defense is playing with an aggressive swagger that I haven't seen since the Dome Patrol era. Everyone knew the Saints offense was powerful, we have led the league in most offensive statistics since Sean Payton's arrival, but it was the defense that was the problem. While we still have question marks and could use upgrades at certain positions on D (OLB, DT, SS) but they have been impressive so far.

                    Many talking heads were saying that the Saints would be extremely dangerous if they had a middle of the road defense. Right now, we have an 11th ranked defense and everyone sees how good that has made the offense.

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                    • #11
                      Here's my actual contribution to the thread:

                      The Saints made great halftime adjustments against the Dolphins. If you take away a 68 yard run by Ricky, the Saints held us to something like 77 yards in 33 carries. I was sadly impressed by their defense in the second half.

                      That being said, they still should have lost the game. The refs blew a call at the end of the half which, instead of having time expire, allowed the Saints time to at least get their field goal unit on the field. Sparano then called a timeout which was a mistake, and allowed them to score a touchdown. Should've been no points, but gave the Saints 3 and an opportunity for 7. There is also the ridiculous call on the Sharper return.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Iamcanadian View Post
                        I like them a lot but I just noticed that their SOS for their 1st 6 games is the worst in the NFL standing at a .404 winning percentage for their opponents. They are beating teams easily but outside of the Giants they really haven't played anybody. .404 is by a large margin, the easiest schedule in the league and we might not get a true picture of this team till the playoffs simular to Tennessee last year. Tennessee had one of the weakest SOS last year in the NFL which carried them to the playoffs but drew a very tough schedule this year. Think schedule makes a difference for teams???
                        I think you have a good point, but only time will tell.

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                          • #14
                            Drew Brees has 1 playoff win in 7 years as a starter. So if anyone is going to tell me that they are going to win the SB, then... good luck with that.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                              Drew Brees has 1 playoff win in 7 years as a starter. So if anyone is going to tell me that they are going to win the SB, then... good luck with that.

                              This is what I say... "Show me"
                              I think they certainly are good enough to win the SB. The playoffs are full of good teams that should have a decent chance of winning the whole thing. Ya'know, aside from the West divisions.

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