NFL Saturday wild-card round open thread

posted at 8:30 am on January 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Thankfully, I don’t have to make a Pittsburgh Steelers prediction this week, because the Steelers crushed the Cleveland Browns 41-9 to clinch their division and a first-round bye in the playoffs.  In fact, I finished off the season with a 5-2 record in Week 17 for an overall season record of 66-40.  But now we’re in a new season, so we’ll set the prediction record back to 0-0 and see if I can beat last year’s 6-5 record, which included a whiff in the Super Bowl.

  • Saints at Seahawks – Purists are angry that a 7-9 team even got into the playoffs, and even more upset that an 11-5 team had to go on the road as a wild card to play them.  They won’t stay angry long.  New Orleans hasn’t exactly looked like the world-beaters of last season and ended with a loss last week, but they should be more than a match for the mediocre Seahawks regardless of whether Matt Hasselbeck or Charlie Whitehurst starts the game.  Saints should blow past Seattle on cruise control, 31-13.
  • Jets at Colts – Say, do you think Rex Ryan’s admission of a personal mission to beat Peyton Manning has Indianapolis a little fired up this week?  The Colts started to regain their form towards the end of the season, while the Jets started playing inconsistently down the stretch.  Mark Sanchez  seems to have righted the ship, but Manning will do better against the Jets’ tough defense than Sanchez will against the Colts’ more ordinary one.  Plus, the home field will be a big advantage for Manning.  It won’t be easy and we’ll see a couple of lead changes during the game, but the Colts should outlast the Jets, 24-20.

Update: You know, the Jets might have better luck with Mark Sanchez than Matt Sanchez.


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Interesting predictions, but who’s “Matt Sanchez?”

BrunoMitchell on January 8, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Time to seed by record for the playoffs. Winning your division should get you in, but not have better teams traveling to beat you.

Theoretical but possible: the Giants go undefeated and win the division, and the Eagles go 15-1 and are a wildcard team that has to travel to play the 7-9 Seahacks.

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 8:49 AM

This Matt Sanchez fellow seems like just the young breath of fresh air the Jets need to get back on track. :)

elcapt on January 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I, for one, am really hoping this Matt Sanchez guy does a lot better than Mark.

Jazz Shaw on January 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I won’t be watching the Saints game, which the Saints will put away early in the first half. I will be watching the Colts-Jets game as this is truly play-off football at it’s best. Two really fun to watch teams putting it all on the line. Peyton Manning might be the best quarterback I have personally had the pleasure to watch in my lifetime. I have seen so many greats, and have enjoyed watching every one of them. Peyton is different. Since I live in Montana and have no pro football team to cherish, I tend to root for teams that have players I do cherish. For this reason, I’ll be root-in for the Colts.

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Well the saints game is a no-brainer, but this Matt Sanchez fella could be trouble.

I got the Colts taking it 28-27.

abobo on January 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I, for one, am really hoping this Matt Sanchez guy does a lot better than Mark.

Jazz Shaw on January 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM

LOL…. You’re all being a little hard on the early morning guy today… LOL

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Peyton Manning might be the best quarterback I have personally had the pleasure to watch in my lifetime.

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Peyton Manning had Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark, All Pros, to throw to. Tom Brady has to make do with a much less stellar receiving corp for much of his career. For the one year (2007) he had Randy Moss motivated, they broke records in passing TDs.

bayview on January 8, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Peyton Manning had Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark, All Pros, to throw to. Tom Brady has to make do with a much less stellar receiving corp for much of his career. For the one year (2007) he had Randy Moss motivated, they broke records in passing TDs.

bayview on January 8, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Agree that Tom Brady is up there with the greats; for sure…

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Gotta go with Peyton. He is a Vol, after all….

ladyingray on January 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Looking forward to (hopefully) watching the Colts advance.

cs89 on January 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

On the bright side, you didn’t call him Dirty Sanchez.

Mr. D on January 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I think the Saints will beat the Seahawks but not as convincingly as Ed’s numbers (31-13). My guess: Saints 28, Seahawks 23. The Jets on the other hand will upset the mildly favored Colts 26-17, (Manning will throw three INT’s)

On a side note, the Forty Niners won the Jim Harbaugh sweepstakes as another Stanford coach takes the reins of a team that was without coaching last year. Harbaugh reportedly signed a five-year, $25 million contract, leaving Stanford with a stellar 12-1 record this year, and an impressive 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Stanford’s lone loss was to undefeated Oregon, (Stanford lead Oregon 21-3 in the first quarter, but were held scoreless in the second half losing to the Ducks 52-31)

Since there probably won’t be a National Championship open thread here, I will predict Oregon defeats Auburn 48-31 on Monday night because of Auburns ranking on allowing points, (54th), and Newton won’t run wide open in this game. He will break out for some quality runs in the game, (racking up a team leading 1400yds and 20 TD’s this season), but not as he has against their foes this year. Oregon ranks #1 in scoring and 12th in scoring defense. They won’t completely stop this potent Tiger offense, but as the game plays out I just think Oregon will outscore them.

Rovin on January 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Theoretical but possible: the Giants go undefeated and win the division, and the Eagles go 15-1 and are a wildcard team that has to travel to play the 7-9 Seahacks.

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Nit-picking here, but if the Giants go undefeated, the best the Eagles could do would be 14 and 2. Otherwise, great point.

PatMac on January 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I’ve bet my life savings on Indy -2.5
It is my 10,000 star special I’m releasing to you for FREE
Thank me later

jjshaka on January 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Rovin on January 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Agree that Oregon will win this game. This Oregon team ranks up there with the best of the best. Newton and the rest of the Auburn team deserve to be in this game for sure; they will be a mighty test for the Ducks. However, as witnessed by the Stanford game, the Ducks are just too much over the coarse of the game and will wear down the Auburn defense while keeping Newton on the side lines.

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

jjshaka on January 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

LOL; good one…

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Jets have an uphill battle against the Colts…no major injuries, just hoping the D can stop Manning. Those new OT rules start today too.

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I really, really hope that the Seahawks beat the Saints.

Something about the underdog, and how everyone continues to kiss the Saints butts. They’ve played horribly the lat few weeks of the season…

I’m sure it will be a blowout with the Saints winning, but thats why they play the game after all.

catmman on January 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

As I said last night, the Saints game will not be a blowout. The teams met in NO earlier this season, and it wasn’t a blowout then. The Saints have many major injuries-several of their stars won’t even dress today. And they are playing “outside”, with the forecast for rain and snow showers and temps in the mid to upper 30s. Hardly Superdome conditions.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Jets. Jets. Jets. J-E-T-S Jets. And it’s on stupid NBC so I actually, hopefully, get to watch it. Piosonally, I’m thinking that Peyton will end up on Reeves island. Sanchez and the Jets O-line will be the key to da game.

Trivia question of the day for Jets fans: Name at least one of the guards who played with Broadway Joe. Hint: First names were Randy and Dave.

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Randy Rasmussen. Gotta think a minute on Dave…

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Now you sound like a old LIender. Dave used to live next door to one of my aunts. Where in NY are you from?

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

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OmahaConservative on January 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I, for one, am really hoping this Matt Sanchez guy does a lot better than Mark.

Jazz Shaw on January 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Heh. Ed did that so many times this year I wondered if it was just an inside joke I wasn’t privy to.

mikefln on January 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Very good. You sound like an old LIender. Dave used to live next door to one of my aunts. Where in NY are you from? I’m originally from South Huntington.

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

PatMac on January 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Correctomungo.

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

The teams met in NO earlier this season, and it wasn’t a blowout then. Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

34-19?

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

J-E-T-S

JETS!
JETS!!
JETS!!!

galtg on January 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM

J.E.T.S…JETS JETS JETS!

NY Conservative on January 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Every Jets fan should know at least the Superbowl-winning team roster. I’m a little ashamed I can’t remember everyone.

Heh, I work in Manhattan but I live in the Southwest corner of Connecticut. Far enough from Hartford so I didn’t turn out to be a Pats fan.

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Where’s my Fireman Ed hat when I need it?

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

The Ravens’ Ed Reed’s brother disappeared after jumping into the Mississippi running from police.

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t even come close to reciting the whole roster. Talk about underdogs. If Sanchez and this crew can even win a few playoff games they’ll be doing well. Broadway Joe was the best passer I ever saw, especially when they had Richard Caster. My favorite football game ever: Joe and the Jets vs the Baltimore Colts with Johnny Unitas. 3-4 times, 1 play, Joe to Caster – touchdown. Amazing.

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Although I do think (and hope) the Saints will win, our backfield is mostly out. If Bush can hang onto the ball we should win, but hey its football, anything can happen!

Teleycoman on January 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Saints, but it’ll be close.
Colts, if Manning doesn’t go Favre and throw interceptions.

Jets have an uphill battle against the Colts…no major injuries, just hoping the D can stop Manning. Those new OT rules start today too.
JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I heard that on Sportscenter, but wasn’t really paying attention. What are the new rules?

conservative pilgrim on January 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

The Ravens’ Ed Reed’s brother disappeared after jumping into the Mississippi running from police.
Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Link isn’t working.

conservative pilgrim on January 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Tom Brady has to make do with a much less stellar receiving corp for much of his career.

PSHAW!

Hawks over the Saints. I predict an upset.

Vince on January 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM

What are the new rules?

Team winning the toss can’t win the game on a first drive field goal.

Vince on January 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I heard that on Sportscenter, but wasn’t really paying attention. What are the new rules?

conservative pilgrim on January 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

If a game goes into OT, the first team to score doesn’t mean they win…they had to have had possession of the ball, meaning they can’t pick it off with an INT to score and win automatically.

If Team A kicks off and legally recovers the onside kick, then goes on to kick a field goal, Team A wins the game. If Team A’s onsides kick is recovered by Team B and Team B goes on to kick a field goal, that score has come on the first possession of overtime and does not yet win the game.

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Tanks Vince and JetBoy!

JetBoy on January 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Whew. That sounds like a hybrid of the old NFL rules and a little of college rules. Why on earth would they implement this during playoffs? That seems like a controversy waiting to happen.

conservative pilgrim on January 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

That game totally sucked. I lost $150 in bets, (as a junior in HS), and it took me six months to pay everyone back. And yes, I remember Emmerson Boozer’s crashing blocking skills thru the Colts defensive line that allowed Matt Snell’s touchdown. The Colts offense never got going in that game, but I do recall the Jets defense played over their heads…..and into history. And Namath is still a jerk.

Rovin on January 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

In the first OT game decided by a field goal on the first possession this year, the New York Jets kicked a field goal on third down to defeat the Detroit Lions. In the other game, those same Lions had third-and-2 at the Tampa 17-yard line and ran the ball to the middle of the field to set up a 34-yard field goal by Dave Rayner(notes). Both teams were playing for the field goal, not for the touchdown. With the postseason rules in effect, the game plans would have been different. Since a touchdown wins the game and a field goal gives the other team the ball back, the Jets wouldn’t have kicked on third down and Detroit wouldn’t have set up the kick. They’d have been trying to get into the end zone. Maybe the end result would have been the same, but the path to get there would have changed.

The regular-season overtime rule isn’t perfect; it’s far from it, in fact. But neither is this one. And that’s the thing: giving another team possession after a field goal isn’t going to end the complaining.

Why implement a new rule in the playoffs?

Vince on January 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

On Saints vs. Seahawks: Remember that hard work can beat talent if talent doesn’t work hard. The Saints had better not set the cruise control if they don’t want an upset.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on January 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Amen to that.. Good example of this principle is the Lakers this season so far…

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Go Giants!

Oh, wait…

JammieWearingFool on January 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

JammieWearingFool on January 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

C’mon now, I rooted for the Giants in the SuperBowl. Ya gotta give the E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES some love this go-round.

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I’ll take Saints over Seahawks, 33-6 and Colts over Jets, 24-21.

As for the 11-5 Saints haveing to travel to 7-9 Seattle, that’s not as bad as when the 11-5 Patriots missed the playoffs a couple years ago and they were easily one of the strongest teams in the conference.

Daemonocracy on January 8, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Rovin on January 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

PTSD eh? You have a good traumatic memory of the Superbowl game but the one I was referring to was one a few years later when Caster had joined the Jets. Unitas was still playing and it was a see-saw affair. Jets ball, one play, a long pass to Caster and TD. Colts ball, Unitas does one ten yard pass after another till TD, Jets ball, one play, long TD pass to Caster. Colts ball, Unitas, one short pass after another till TD. And on it went like this. An amazing display by two of the all time great QB’s. I think the Jets finally won but I’m not sure. Best QB display ever.

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Let’s go Jets! Last year’s playoffs was such a pleasant surprise. This year, the 11-5 record could easily have been 13-3 (the second Miami game and the Chicago game were winnable), which resulted in many grey hairs for this fan. I’d love a win today, though the resulting third game with New England this year would be no picnic.

jaschenb74 on January 8, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Mark better hope he doesn’t end up with a Dirty Sanchez after the Colts get through with him.

csdeven on January 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Trivia question of the day for Jets fans: Name at least one of the guards who played with Broadway Joe. Hint: First names were Randy and Dave.

How about Dave Herman who easily handled Bubba Smith during Super Bowl III??

22Minutes on January 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

The teams met in NO earlier this season, and it wasn’t a blowout then. Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

34-19?

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

No, I consider a score of, say, 45-3 a blowout. If you look at the stats from that game it was much closer than 15 points.

As for the 11-5 Saints haveing to travel to 7-9 Seattle, that’s not as bad as when the 11-5 Patriots missed the playoffs a couple years ago and they were easily one of the strongest teams in the conference.

Daemonocracy on January 8, 2011 at 12:21 PM

That was Bill Belichick’s fault too!

BTW, NFL Network has this week been re-running their “Sound FX” episode with Belichick miked up from a few years ago. Fascinating insight into a brilliant coaching mind, especially his banter with the players during practices. Love him or hate him, he does know how to get the most out of his players.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

How about Dave Herman who easily handled Bubba Smith during Super Bowl III??

22Minutes on January 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

We have another winnah!!! Yes! The two Jets Guards from the 1969 Superbowl team were Randy Rasmussen and Dave Herman. The real winnah’s will be determined tonight starting at 8pm.

shmendrick on January 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM

I am getting ready to head down to Seahawks stadium for the game. I will be yelling loudly for my Hawks to beat the intruders from the south. They have a sizable task ahead of them today, but I won’t be shocked if my boys pull of the upset. The Seahawks have the ability to win this game if they can get some turnovers and shut down Reggie Bush. It may take a near perfect game on the Hawks part, but “on any given Sunday (or Saturday)…..”

Go Seahawks!

Mallard T. Drake on January 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Seahawks 28, Saints 13.

Wyatt Wingfoot on January 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Akzed on January 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Thanks!

What a weird story.

conservative pilgrim on January 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The New Orleans Saints are going to beat the Seahawks like a rented mule.

45-13 Saints

Game’s about to start. Now it’s time to kick back with a 12 pack of Abita Jockamo IPA and a pot of gumbo.

Who dat! Geaux Saints!

CatchAll on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

What a Saints blowout…17-17.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Ooooo…..

‘Hawks are ahead at the half.

What was that about “blowouts” and “13″??

;)

Shepherd Lover on January 8, 2011 at 5:59 PM

This is a good game.. 24-17, before half, Saints in redzone

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM

24-20 at halftime. Seahawks lead. 44 points scored at halftime…. a replay of last years Arizona/Green Bay game?

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM

“Who dat?!?”

‘HAWKS!! 31-20!!

:cool:

Shepherd Lover on January 8, 2011 at 6:34 PM

End of 3rd
Seahawks 34
Saints 20

I believe the Seahawks could still completely blow this, but another score or two might be too much for the Saints to overcome.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Seahawks 41
Saints 30

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Oh, my 41-30 with 3:22 to play. 7-9 Seahawks to the Superbowl! Roger Godell’s worst nightmare.

rbj on January 8, 2011 at 7:44 PM

play of the year. Insane touchdown.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:46 PM

New Orleans Come Back: AINT’T Happenin’

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Wow! How many tackles were blown on that run while trying to strip the ball instead of stopping the runner.

That said, great run!

TugboatPhil on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

3 mins left

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

That last Seahawk touchdown was the most amazing run I’ve ever seen.

beancounter on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Saints Blowout?

F-

Go Patriots!

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Sorry. AIN’T Happenin’

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

could happen

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:48 PM

2 mins left, striking distance for td + onside kick + td

Good game. Very good.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

That last Seahawk touchdown was the most amazing run I’ve ever seen.

beancounter on January 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

No, that last TD was the worst defensive tackling you will likely ever see.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

3 mins left

… in the Saint’s season.

Go Pats!

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

saints td

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:52 PM

2pt conversion no good, here comes the onside kick

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:53 PM

2 point conversion = failed

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Saints practice today was their last of the year!

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM

On side kick recovered by Seattle. Tick. Tock.

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I love this game.

El_Terrible on January 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Saints “could” get the ball back

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:56 PM

New Orleans hasn’t exactly looked like the world-beaters of last season and ended with a loss last week, but they should be more than a match for the mediocre Seahawks regardless of whether Matt Hasselbeck or Charlie Whitehurst starts the game. Saints should blow past Seattle on cruise control, 31-13.

Guess again, pal.

My collie says:

Never underestimate the 12th man. Final score. New Orleans 36. Seattle 41.

CyberCipher on January 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM

but no

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Ed, 0-1 so far.

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Seattle Seahawks won against Saints.

41 to 36.

Sorry, Ed. Bad prediction on your part.

Kokonut on January 8, 2011 at 7:59 PM

All the sports prognosticators got this one wrong.

Ha ha!

rbj on January 8, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Saints lose – love it!

thevastlane on January 8, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Belichick is already beating his players over the head with this.

Go Pats!!

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Wow, I suck at predicting football games… I had better stick to my day job.. What a great game to watch.

Keemo on January 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Go Jets!!

Go Pats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Good try, Saints, and congrats for a valiant season despite so many injuries, especially at RB and CB! Looking forward to next season.

GEAUX, SAINTS!

Christien on January 8, 2011 at 8:08 PM

So. Now we know why they play the game!

Way to go Seahawks!

Oh, and we STILL had to hear about Katrina from the NBC announcer as the Saints lost. Forgive me, but this ain’t (heh) about the Saints anymore. They get to watch the rest of the post-season from New Orleans.

Again, congrats to Seattle.

catmman on January 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Hawks over the Saints. I predict an upset.

Good job, Vince. “Everyone else” called this wrong.

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM

CyberCipher on January 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM

The Saints are used to playing in those loud stadiums-don’t forget, they beat Atlanta in the Georgia Dome last month, and their own stadium is one of the loudest on the planet.

The Saints’ defense was absolutely horrible today, which belies their age.

But what really killed the Saints today were the injuries-they started the game without something like 9 players, including their all-Rookie RB Chris Ivory and star RB Pierre Thomas, and Reggie Bush got hurt in today’s game and missed most of the second half. And some other good players, like Shockey, were playing hurt.

Oh, and Sean Payton going for it on 4th and 2 late in the second half was idiotic.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Hawks over the Saints. I predict an upset.

Good job, Vince. “Everyone else” called this wrong.

EA_MAN on January 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Really?

As I said last night, the Saints game will not be a blowout. The teams met in NO earlier this season, and it wasn’t a blowout then. The Saints have many major injuries-several of their stars won’t even dress today. And they are playing “outside”, with the forecast for rain and snow showers and temps in the mid to upper 30s. Hardly Superdome conditions.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

I never said they would lose, but I never said they would win either.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 8:14 PM

…But what really killed the Saints today were the injuries-they started the game without something like 9 players…

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Agreed. No one is more surprised that Seattle won than collie and me.

My collie says:

The 12th man didn’t hurt. New Orleans had three false starts today.

CyberCipher on January 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM

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