12-27-2009, 04:10 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Re: OT: Saints are a fraud
The Saints aren't frauds, but they may have peaked too soon. It's really hard to start out 13-0 and win all the way to the Super Bowl. The Saints best game of the season was the Monday Night game against the Pats. They came out on fire against New England week 12 and showed the world that they were for real. Since then they've squeeked by Washington in overtime in a game they should have lost, barely beat a banged up Atlanta team 26-23, and lost to Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Saints are 2-2 since they played the Pats, while the Pats are 3-1. Next week they play a very physical 7-8 New Orleans team that ran for 180+ yards against them and led 17-3 late in the first half. Not a gimme by any means.
Sean Payton has his work cut out getting the Saints back on track for the playoffs. The good news is that Minnesota has struggled as well. The bad news is that the NFC East teams are capable of upsetting either the Saints or the Vikings.
As an aside, the AFC East and NFC South played each other this year, so the Pats and Saints will each have had 9 games against common opponents out of 16 total. So far the comparison shows the following:
1. Jets - Saints went 1-0, Pats 1-1
2. Dolphins - Saints went 1-0, Pats 1-1
3. Buffalo - Pats went 2-0, Saints 1-0
4. Tampa Bay - Pats went 1-0, Saints 1-1
5. Atlanta - Pats went 1-0, Saints 2-0 (two close games)
6. Panthers - Pats went 1-0, Saints are 1-0 so far with one game to play
So the Pats have gone 7-2 against common opponents. The Saints are 7-1 with one to play.
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