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Behind Enemy Lines - New Orleans

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Like the info on the Saints 3rd downs. Couple that with the success Cam is having on 3rd down and that could be a great key in the game.

 

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I think some of you are forgetting how extremely difficult it is to sweep even an average divisional opponent.

The Saints are a good team. Sweeping them will be a HUGE accomplishment.

I believe any logical fan, especially of this organization understands that. With a sweep of Nawlins, it will indeed be HUGE, why? Because it gives us the #2 seed and a 1st round bye.

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Nervous about this game, I just wanna get into the playoffs. It's been way too long

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Nervous about this game, I just wanna get into the playoffs. It's been way too long

I want to win the Super Bowl...it's been even longer.

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I hope we strike early, maybe create a quick turnover, whatever.  If we can get the crowd settled down early, that will be huge.

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I believe any logical fan, especially of this organization understands that. With a sweep of Nawlins, it will indeed be HUGE, why? Because it gives us the #2 seed and a 1st round bye.

 

To be quite honest, the playoff scenario I think I would like the most would be to host a first round game, no bye.  In order for that to happen though, we would have to be the 3rd or 4th seed division winner, and I don't even think that's possible.  It appears to be either a first round bye, or a wildcard.

 

I'm not being picky, making the playoffs is the only true goal, but given the choice, I don't think I want that first round bye.  Call me crazy or superstitious, but that's how I see it.

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If the Panthers come out this week like they did against the Dolphins, they will lose this game.

If the panthers came out like that with the bucs we would have lost. Then again we did not have Cameron Wake taking shots at Cams head either.

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I think the teams confidence is extremely high and they will be ready. The Aints are not a team we shall fear. We shall fear no team, we can beat them all. 

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the info on third down and the other stats someone posted yesterday(?) about how poorly the saints D is in the red zone make me really like our chances.

 

the fact that we have started out slow in most games really bothers me, tho, because we won't have an easy situation to come back in. the crowd in new orleans really amplifies the momentum and we just can not afford to get caught in that wake of noise and emotion.

 

we have to come out strong and fast right out of the gate and as "easy" as it might be on third down against that D, the noise will still be there and we can't afford to wait for that. we have to do well on first and second down on that first series to establish ourselves.

 

one of the things i noticed about that D was that they really bought on fakes, misdirections, and the read option. as much as some people around here hate the read option, it may end up being the best option to really get the saints D falling backwards.

 

when our defense is on the field, i don't think we need to change a whole lot from what we've been doing. constant pressure from the front four with the occassional blitz thrown in. the secondary will just keep the play in front of them which will help cut down on the big play. TD, keek, and mitchell will all take turns on graham and just bully him the whole game.

 

it won't be easy and it could certainly end up in a loss because the saints are still a tough team who can roll over anyone once they've got some momentum. we just have to keep stymying their efforts on both sides of the ball to disrupt any momentum that might be starting up.

 

I've said since the beginning of the season that i don't think we get swept by the saints. i thought we'd split. i still think it's a real possibility. i'd be surprised if we were able to sweep them. i don't expect it at all. i will say, though, that if either sweeps the other, it will be us sweeping them because this year the saints just aren't a good road team, and if brees thinks any differently he didn't do his research, obviously.

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Panthers have to come out strong and get on the board early.  Keep them out of the endzone in the 1st qtr.  Cam needs to temper his excitement and not overthrow his receivers.  Got to win the turnover battle.   This is a big game but the Panthers have had plenty of practice...NE/Mon night, SF, a Thurs nite game.  Young players have some seasoning.   Panthers can win this.

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