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Posted on: November 10, 2008 10:38 am
 

Saints Rant

Well, Here we are, Monday morning, and both the Saints and Eagles, two teams I thought would win this week, did not. 

Being an Eagles fan, I can only say that I know exactly what your going through Saints fans.  Your team has been without their stars all year long, and now it seems as if every time they get a player back, another one bites the dust.  This team has serious problems.  The defense could not stop the Falcons, who don't look now but are fighting for a playoff spot.  Now the Saint's will be without Mike McKenzie for the remainder of the season.

Looking ahead it is not going to be an easy road for my preseason superbowl prediction to take place.  I had the Saints beating the Chargers in the Super Bowl.  This is not looking very likely considering the Saints just got spanked by the Falcons, and the Chargers could barely handle the Chiefs AT HOME!!!!! 

What is going on in the NFL this year?  You have the NFC dominating the AFC and you have teams looking more and more likely to finish 10-6 or even 11-5 and not make the playoffs.  (insert Jim Mora sound byte here).

I guess the best thing you can do as a Saints fan is hope that your team gets it together. You have your Quarterback who is probably the MVP of the league fighting with a tight end that should have never been signed.  So at this point I suggest to you, just take it one game at a time and hope things work out in your favor, because your going to need A LOT of help. 

The Saints play the Kansas City Chiefs next week and if there is one thing I learned about this team, is that they are no easy win.  The Saints will likely struggle to beat the Chiefs next week but I do believe they will find a way to do so.  If they don't the season is over.  Next week's game against KC is a MUST WIN to say the least.  Reggie Bush says that he will be back.  So for the love of god coach, PLEASE UTILIZE REGGIE BUSH. 

PLEASE!, do not be like Andy Reid and get the ball to your best player only 13 times a game. Make sure you get Reggie Bush involved early and often. Get creative!! your season is on the line, now is not the time to be apprehensive about attempting to win the game. (Insert Herm Edwards sound byte)

Grades

Saints - F

Falcons - A

Next week's prediction

Saints 31

Chiefs 21

 

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, Playoffs, Saints
 
Posted on: November 3, 2008 11:07 am
 

Saints Bye Week Playoff Talk

With the Saints on a bye this week I decided to focus on the playoff situation in the NFC right now.  Currently there are a few teams at the top, and then a log jam the rest of the way.  Here are my predictions for how this mess will sort itself out.

1. Giants - I think we can all for the most part agree they are the best team in the NFC, maybe the NFL.

2. Panthers - I think they will do just enough to get a first round playoff bye after winning their tough division.

3. Packers - The Bears are their only real competition in this division, but with Orton going down, I think this is the Packers' to lose.

4. Cardinals - The best of the worst.

Wild Card - Here are a list of teams fighting for the last two playoff spots in no particular order.

Cowboys, Redskins, Bears, Eagles, Buccaneers, Saints, Falcons, Vikings.

The question next becomes which two of these eight teams will win the final two playoff spots.  One would suggest that the Bears and Vikings will probably play themselves out of this equation leaving one team from the NFC EAST and SOUTH.

My predictions then evolve into this. (Cowboys and Buccaneers get in)

Buccaneers lose AT Green Bay

Cowboys WIN at Arizona

NFC playoff matchups them look as follows.

Cowboys @ Giants

Packers @ Panthers

NFC TITLE GAME = Packers @ Giants

 

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL PLAYOFFS
 
Posted on: October 26, 2008 5:32 pm
 

Across the Pond

The Saints won a close one against San Diego today.  They passed the ball up and down the field and sprinkled in a touch of running game.  They had real trouble stopping Rivers and the Chargers offense.  The more I watch this team the more I wonder one thing; How long can Drew Brees put this team on his shoulders and win games for them?

Drew Brees is in my opinion the best quarterback in the NFL.  But there is no way that come playoff time he is going to be able to win games in cold weather when teams are pounding the ball against the Saints defense and eating up clock.  The Panthers and Bucs both have excellent running attacks and are the type of teams that could keep the ball out of Brees' hands and prevent him from marching the Saints up and down the field repeatedly.

Deuce McCallister had a nice game and ran the ball well. It is evident however, that the Saints miss Reggie Bush.  Bush has been the ultimate weapon for New Orleans' offense throughout this season and the Saints need desperately to get him back in the starting lineup. 

The Saints get a bye week next week and it could not have come at a better time.  Look for them to rest up their players and hopefully get healthy for their next game in two weeks.

Final Grade

Saints - B+

Chargers - C

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 24, 2008 3:42 pm
 

NFC 6 AFC 6

NFC

1. Carolina Panthers

2. New York Giants

3. Green Bay Packers

4. Arizona Cardinals

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6. Dallas Cowboys

Last Team(s) Out - Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago

AFC

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Tennesee Titans

3. Buffalo Bills

4. San Diego Chargers

5. Indianapolis Colts

6. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last Team(s) Out - New England, Denver

Category: NFL
Tags: Rankings
 
Posted on: October 19, 2008 4:11 pm
 

A tale of two Saints

The New Orleans Saints were dominated today by what now looks to be one of the top four teams in the NFC.  The Carolina Panthers shut down the Saints high powered offense and managed to put together enough offense of their own to win this game quite easily. 

Reggie Bush missed most of this game with an injury to that knee that has been bothering him throughout most of the season.  Marques Colston did not seem like himself and Jeremey Shockey seemed to not be back at 100 % either.  Did these guys attempt to come back to quickly?  I would say no.  This was a must win game to stay around the top of the NFC South.  Although the Saints did not pull this one out, I believe their attention should now be focused on more important matters, namely, Reggie Bush.

The Saints now need to look ahead to next week's game and hope that Bush, Colston, and Shockey can have another week of attempting to get healthy.  Drew Brees can not do this by himself.  He needs help and he needs it fast.  The Saints were my super bowl pick to start this season and have been taking those of us following them on a roller coaster ride.  The Saints need to find a gameplan that is more consistent than just passing the ball down the field repeatedly.  The run game was working throughout parts of this game, but once you get down by so many points there are not many options as to what you can call. 

GRADE

Saints - C- (how can you blame these guys for all of the injuries they have had)

Panthers - A+ (are they the best team in the NFC?)

Category: NFL
Tags: Panthers, Saints
 
Posted on: October 16, 2008 9:22 am
 

Greatest Show On Turf ?

Before this season began, My Super Bowl prediction was the Saints to beat the Chargers in a close game.  Well after a few weeks this prediction had begun to look unreasonable.  Well I am happy to say that I am sticking to my guns and firmly believe that the Saints and Chargers will both indeed be in the Super Bowl.

Drew Brees has to be hands down the best quarterback in the league right now.  If the awards were given out today he would have to win MVP as well as Offensive Player of the Year.  He has the ability to throw for over 300 yards on a regular basis.  He is the only Quarterback in the league where 301yds and 2tds is an off game.  The Saints are going to begin getting their weapons back slowly but surely.  Colston will be back this week.  Shockey may be back this week (although I am very cautious about this because I have seen how long it cane take players to fully recover from a sports hernia injury).  Then you throw in Deuce getting healthier and Reggie Bush continuing to be spectacular and you have one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL. 

I think the aspect of this team that is getting lost in the mix is the defense.  Although they lost one of their best defensive backs for the season, their defense has played much better as the season has continued.  This is a defense that has held Adrian Peterson in check followed by Darren McFadden.  I expect nothing different this week.

The Saints play at Carolina this week and I expect them to come out of this game with a victory.  They must if they plan on winning the division, win this game.  Carolina took a beat down from Tampa last week and the Saints edged out Tampa earlier in the season, If the Saints can win this divisional game on the road, they will be in the driver seat.  I expect the Saints defense to limit the Carolina running attack and find some way to stop Steve Smith.  This leads me to my keys to victory.

KEYS TO VICTORY

Limit Steve Smith's big plays

Get Reggie involved early and often

Slow down that Carolina running game

PREDICTION

Saints - 27

Panthers - 20

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 11, 2008 1:17 pm
 

Blame Game

The Saints lost a tough last week to the Minnesota Vikings.  Although most Saints fans will tell you the refs cost them the game, that is an excuse that is becoming all too common in the NFL. 

In the same way San Diego could have stopped Denver from scoring on that infamous goal line play, and then yet again on the two point conversion, The Saints could have simply made a field goal, not allowed Gus Frerotte to drive his team to a Bernard Berrian touchdown reception, or a boat load of other things that they could have done to not lose the game.  Yes Reggie Bush's fumble should have been a facemask penalty.  But does that excuse the plethera of turnovers that took place before that play?

The Saints are 2-3 and have nobody to blame for this but themselves.  If you want to place the blame on anyone place it directly on the head coach who has one of the most talented players in football, who has already at this point in the game returned two punts for touchdowns, and you keep him off the field on first and second down when your driving to win the game.  Instead you give it to Deuce McCallister who is slow to say the least and playing against a tough run defense.  This was a prime opportunity for the Saints to take advantage of their best weapon and get him in the open field or set up a mismatch in order to win the game, but they did not take advantage of the opportunity.

THIS WEEK

The Saints play the Oakland Raiders.  Playing in the 2nd best division in the NFC, this is already a MUST WIN game for the Saints. The Panthers and Bucs are playing great football right now, and even the Falcons are playing like an inspired team.  The Saints can not afford to lose this game.

Keys to the game:

Get Reggie Bush Involved early and often.  Get him a minimum of 25 touches.

Force the Raiders offense to make mistakes.

When all is set and done I believe the Saints will do both of these things and win this game quite easily.

PREDICTION

Raiders 20

Saints 38

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 6, 2008 3:20 pm
 

NFC 6 AFC 6

Ok, well the week is not yet complete but I don't believe Tonights Monday Night Matchup is going to have any bearing on this years playoff seeds....So here is the 10/06/08 updated NFC 6 AFC 6

AFC

1. Steelers

2. Titans

3. Chargers

4. Bills

5. Colts

6. Broncos

Last team out - Jaguars

NFC

1. Cowboys

2. Panthers

3. Bears

4. Cardinals

5. Giants

6. Redskins

Last team out - Eagles

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL PLAYOFFS
 
 
 
 
 
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