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Upset of the week

Atlanta (+4½) over New Orleans | Prisco's Picks

The Saints play as if they're still suffering from a Super Bowl hangover, which might be the case, but that's no way to behave when the second-best team in your division is next on the schedule. I know the Falcons have lost seven of their past eight to New Orleans, but frankly, I don't care. The Falcons played Pittsburgh tough and destroyed Arizona, while New Orleans has been just good enough to nose out Minnesota and San Francisco -- neither of which has a win. Furthermore, 15 points separated these two in the Saints' past three wins, so Atlanta was knocking on the door. This time I think they kick it in.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/14007649/peek-at-the-week-saints-on-notice-when-falcons-swoop-in

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Upset of the week

Atlanta (+4½) over New Orleans | Prisco's Picks

The Saints play as if they're still suffering from a Super Bowl hangover, which might be the case, but that's no way to behave when the second-best team in your division is next on the schedule. I know the Falcons have lost seven of their past eight to New Orleans, but frankly, I don't care. The Falcons played Pittsburgh tough and destroyed Arizona, while New Orleans has been just good enough to nose out Minnesota and San Francisco -- neither of which has a win. Furthermore, 15 points separated these two in the Saints' past three wins, so Atlanta was knocking on the door. This time I think they kick it in.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/14007649/peek-at-the-week-saints-on-notice-when-falcons-swoop-in

What is this dood doin? Writing for two different sets of people?!?!? lmao at these pundits:

This is a chance for the Falcons to show the Saints they are for real in the division. The Falcons played the Saints tough twice last season. They play a nasty style the Saints don't like. Not having Reggie Bush (broken leg) will hurt the New Orleans offense. I look for the Falcons to run the ball and keep it close and maybe even pull off the upset.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/features/writers/prisco/picks

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Maybe Prisco sees what some other people see - a team with some strong facets of the game, but some real vulnerabilities. I still say that they are the weakest team to ever get the trophy, and although they DID handle the Colts, they are **** lucky they were the last playoff team to win under the old OT rules.

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Falcons at Saints

Florio's take: Atlanta came alive in Week Two, trashing the Cardinals only a week after going toe-to-toe with the Steelers. Though it'll hurt the Saints not to have Reggie Bush, they've got enough other weapons -- and they've got a driven and motivated Drew Brees. These teams are close enough to give the edge to the home team, and the Saints are the home team. So they get the edge.

Florio's pick: Saints 29, Falcons 22.

Rosenthal's take: This is the best matchup of the week, and the most important. The Falcons have a chance to win 11 games with their schedule, but the path to winning the NFC South goes through New Orleans. It's yet another game where the Saints face an amped-up squad with everything to gain. It's a game where we see just how improved the Falcons defense is. It's also a game where I'm too chicken to pick against Drew Brees in the Superdome.

Rosenthal's pick: Saints 30, Falcons 27.

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Just so everyone keeps a little perspective on the pros picks.

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Maybe Prisco sees what some other people see - a team with some strong facets of the game, but some real vulnerabilities. I still say that they are the weakest team to ever get the trophy, and although they DID handle the Colts, they are **** lucky they were the last playoff team to win under the old OT rules.

the rules were changed because the NFL had to scrap its pre-Super Bowl marketing of Favre v. Manning. :blink:

just curious...in one sentence you readily admit we handled Indy and the other you say we were the weakest team to ever get the trophy. That just doesnt make sense. any.

Every team is vulnerable...its whether or not you can gameplan/play call to take full advantage of the vulnerability.

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the rules were changed because the NFL had to scrap its pre-Super Bowl marketing of Favre v. Manning. :blink:

just curious...in one sentence you readily admit we handled Indy and the other you say we were the weakest team to ever get the trophy. That just doesnt make sense. any.

Every team is vulnerable...its whether or not you can gameplan/play call to take full advantage of the vulnerability.

If you watched the nfc title game it makes perfect sense.

The saints were incredibly lucky to come out of that game with a win.

The vikes dominated in nearly every aspect. but Lady luck shined on the saints.... from the fumble by Peterson where he was not touched, to Farve deciding to throw the ball when he could have got a yard or 2 and got out of bounds, to some terrible calls by the refs in OT... like the non existant PI call that gave the saints what 15 yards? and automatic first, to the questionable "catch" by Colston to the blown 4th and short call where Thomas lost possesion of the ball(thus his forward progress) and was knocked back yet the saints were still awarded a first down.

They played a good game against the colts, but if you were honest about it there was no reason the saints should have even been in the superbowl.

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I'd say the weakest team in recent history to win the Super Bowl was the Bucs, neither they or the Raiders overwhelmed anyone that year.

The raiders offense was number 1 in the nfl and Gannon had one of the better seasons in nfl history.

They ran that version of WCO to perfection with Rice, Brown, Rison 3 of the top 10 wrs in nfl history.

The raiders offense was Legit.

And the Bucs defense was good too.

Now the bucs did get lucky in the sense the the raiders changed NOTHING....... NOTHING about the offense from when Gruden was there the year before.

Gruden even went so far as to suit up and mimmick Gannon... he knew him like the back of his hand. And he knew the offense front back side ways and reverse.

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It's rather trivial to debate if the Saints deserved to be in the Superbowl or not, because they were, and they won. They had a MONSTER juggernaut of an offense and a very opportune defense which dominated a lot of games. They earned it. That being said, a peak at the Vikings and Cowboys records reveal how much difference a season makes. Falcons are the underdogs against a Saints team that is rather stingy at home, but they can definitely ride this wave of momentum into victory. Prediction 28-17, Falcons win.

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