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OT: NO @ GB

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Posted: 09/27/2012 1:48 PM

OT: NO @ GB 


    Who wins?

  1. Poll closed on 09/29/2012
  2. NO: 1 vote
  3. GB: 8 votes

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Posted: 09/27/2012 1:51 PM

RE: OT: NO @ GB 


I think this could be one of the most interesting games this season. The Saints look to have suffered from Peyton's absence, and I have no idea why the Packers have nose-dived. Is it a temporary funk? Strength of schedule? Or are we seeing the demise of one or both teams? I have no idea who's going to come out on top this week, and I'm curious to see how everyone feels about this game.

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Posted: 09/27/2012 2:50 PM

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Saints look lost on both sides of the ball.  I think everyone thought it would be business as usual with Brees at the helm, but apparently they miss Sean Payton more than anyone expected.  Their defense is a complete mess and can't stop anyone right now. The Pack on the other hand have not played too poorly.  They dominated the Bears and they pretty much beat Seattle in one of the toughest venues in the NFL.  Rodgers will eventually find his rhythm and Benson will get better as the season wears on.  The pass defense for the Pack has been lvery good since week 1.  IMO this one is ugly as an irritated Packer team finds its groove, 38-17 sounds about right.
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Posted: 09/27/2012 3:05 PM

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saints are last year's eagles. by that i mean they're seriously underachieving like philly did last year. (for different reasons!)

i see GB winning as the saints just look out of snyc in many ways.

should be a good game though.

"You are either getting better or you are getting worse; you never stay the same."

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Posted: 09/27/2012 5:19 PM

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Saints may be heading for a losing record this year. They look like they are finding ways to lose. The pack have played markedly better than the saints have. And I think that the packers have played tougher competition.
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Posted: 09/27/2012 8:00 PM

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I think the Packers are still a very good team...they don't look as dominant on offense as last year because Rodgers probably had one of those magical, career seasons last year. Not that it was a fluke...all the skills he showed last year (and the 2010 playoffs) are definitely legitimate talent. But I think everything just "worked" last year, every pass was always on the money even 50 yards down field, every catch was made (until the playoff game against the Giants). Now, passes are sometimes just off and there are some untimely drops. Also, I think the replacement referees have been allowing a lot more downfield contact against receivers than should be allowed by rule and that affects a precision passing game like the Packers particularly. Not that every team doesn't rely on precise timing, but the Packers are arguably the best at it right now.

The Saints lost some talent and also seem to be suffering hugely from losing Payton. They lost Meechum as one of their deep threats and they lost Carl Nicks. They got Grubbs, who's also very good, but Nicks might be the best guard in football. So even with Grubbs there is some drop off. They've also been without Vilma, who's reputedly been their quarterback on defense. Their defense looks lost half the time that they're on the field...missed assignments, blown coverages are rampant. Who knows how much Vilma might help clean some of that stuff up.

Maybe Payton could have papered over that, but right now, the only things the Saints have going for them are Brees and Jimmy Graham...and their offensive tackle play has been so poor that Brees is under siege. I think that this may well be a lost year for them. If the Packers don't put up a ton of points this week against the Saints' defense, then it suggests that the Packers may have dropped off immensely also, because right now the Saints' defense is a sieve.

Those are my observations. I've watched all three of the Packers games this year and two of the three Saints games. Losing to the Chiefs in their Superdome was shocking and it boiled down to the Saints not being an unstoppable offensive machine (which they've been for a couple years at home) and their defense being quick to give up big plays. Until the Chiefs game, I assumed that the Saints would turn it around this year...now I'm not at all sure.
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