27 November 2006

Saints in First Place/Cowboys Game is Flexed

One day late, but better late than never.

I was able to watch the entire game at a Hooters outside of Memphis. Here's what I thought:
  • The defense looked good. They took away the non-Vick running game and made Michael Vick win the game with his arm. That's the blueprint for beating the Falcons.
  • The Falcons wide receivers are THE WORST RECEIVING CORPS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. PERIOD. Terrance Copper would be "Mr. Clutch" on this team.
  • Speaking of Copper, time to give him credit for catching the Hail Mary. To me, that was the deciding factor in the game. So he's lost one and won one. It all evens out in the end.
  • Drew Brees could ultimately make us forget about Archie Manning. And I am the biggest Archie Manning fan on the planet. Yes, he makes stupid mistakes sometimes. But he gets angry about it (did you see him on the floor after the INT vs. Cincy?), and comes back a better player every time.
  • The WR corps is beginning to look like the Broncos running game. It doesn't matter who you plug in, that guy is going to have a huge game. And they didn't drop big passes this week.
  • Welcome back, Fred
  • The Falcons are D-E-A-D, dead. The Saints have a 3-game lead on them. You figure they'll lose to Carolina and Dallas. That means the Saints would have to go 0-5 to have the Falcons catch them.
  • All the Saints have to do is make sure Carolina doesn't get more than one game ahead of them by game 16. They'll beat the Panthers at home. That will give the Saints the 5-1 tie breaker in the division.
  • Up to the Carolina game, the Saints have only one game left where they should be the decided underdog: Dallas. If they lose to Dallas but win the rest (or maybe lose one of them), they'll be in that position to win the division on game 16.

And speaking of Dallas, a tipster gave us the word that the Saints/Cowboys game will be Flexed! Primetime Sunday night, baby! Thank you NFL for making the right decision! Maybe one day the NFL will decide that the Saints will be good enough for primetime when they're not playing the Cowboys or a New York team. Look at the Saints primetime games in history and see how many times they've been against Dallas or New York.

But I'm not complaining. Much.

TAGS: NFL, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Drew Brees, Michael Vick, Flex Scheduling, Dallas Cowboys


At November 27, 2006 10:47 AM, Anonymous ashley said...

Now, if we can just get them to flex the Panthers game. Man, will that game be a blast.

The good thing about the Cowboys game is that Payton and staff will have figured out Romo by then. Ahhh...Romo and Eli for appetizers.

Also, ain't it nice that we own the tiebreakers, since all but one loss are to AFC teams.

But first things first: let's annhilate the sixty niners.

At November 27, 2006 11:15 AM, Blogger jeffrey said...

Hmmm.. the schedule might not be as smooth a ride as you think. San Fran and Dallas seem to be peaking. Washington just beat Carolina. The Giants look like shit right now but may have it together in a couple of weeks. That New Year's eve game looks like fun... and it should be "flexed" if it does indeed turn out to be a division deciding moment..but.. a lot of bad things can still happen.

At November 27, 2006 11:49 AM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

Of course I take nothing for granted. But look at the games so far. If the Saints are better than their opponent, they win. If they're not or they're pretty even, they usually lose. This isn't the Jim Haslett "lose to Detroit and Cincinnati (the two worst teams at the time) and miss the playoffs by one game" Saints. At least, they haven't shown that so far. But by my math, if they win 2 of 3 against the 49ers, Redskins and Giants, they can take the division even if they lose to Dallas.

And I'm not even mentioning that they're the 2-seed if the season ended today. I'll wait to see if they beat Dallas before I began that scenario.

At November 27, 2006 1:20 PM, Blogger mominem said...

What's with the Fox announcers.

I watched the first half and listened to the second half on WWL as I drove home.

The Fox guys were all over the Saints and puffing up Atlanta and Vick. If you listened to them you'd have thought the Saints were losing.

At November 27, 2006 1:38 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

Because you can't say anything bad about Michael Vick. Ask Jim Mora Sr. about that. He'd be right and justified in what he said if his kid wasn't the head coach. They vote this guy to the Pro Bowl and he's crap. But they say "there's so much more to him than his passing." Good thing. If you take Dunn out the game, the Falcons are DEAD.

At November 27, 2006 3:58 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

It's simpler than that. If we don't make turnovers, we win. That may not work against Indy, but that's been the rule so far.

I like the idea of a bye week, and a home playoff game. Especially the home playoff game. If Chicago keeps turning over the ball 5 or 6 times a game, we may have 2 home playoff games.

At November 27, 2006 6:53 PM, Blogger Amit Kulkarni said...

We ought to beat Cowboys, Giants and the Panthers. The biggest difference will be to our head to head ranking against the rest of the pack. I hope for us to finish #1 or #2 then, and avoid a game, where we can stumble.

Vince shafted the Giants but good. Didn't see the game, how I wish I had. Now the Falcons and Eagles and such like can play spoilers, nothing more..

At November 27, 2006 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words to describe how I feel, except for "WHO DAT? WHO DAT? WHO DAT SAY GONNA BEAT DEM SAINTS????????????"

Oh its awesome

At November 28, 2006 12:49 AM, Blogger mominem said...

What's up with ESPN?

I just watched the ESPN Monday night post game show and they are apologizing for Vick. They barely mentioned that Brees is on a pace for a record breaking winning season.

They are saying Atlanta is still in the race for the NFC South, barely mentioning that Saints are leading the NFC South and have been for the entire season.

Give me a break.

At November 28, 2006 8:02 AM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

F*%k ESPN. This is the same group of people that is saying that Notre Dame (not LSU) should be in the Rose Bowl because "they haven't been there since the days of Knute Rockne." Forget that they lost to either potential opponent by 20 or more points. Of course, the Rose Bowl is on their network.

More on this on a future post later.

At November 28, 2006 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to piss myself just waiting for that Panther's game! At this point, only the Saints can beat themselves.

At November 29, 2006 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this out NOLA Bloggers

Media Reform conference featuring Bill Moyers.

At November 29, 2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous okee chobee said...

Check out the comments at this story, below is the most recent one.

"Thanks, Harry, for helping remove some of the "blame the victim" mentality which still accuses New Orleans of wearing its skirt too short. You're there with the returneees, as few other celebrity voices have been. As a displaced New Orleanean, the post office in my small Illinois town recognizes me from mailing grant checks and instruments to musicians through nomrf.

Yesterday, a postal worker asked if I had heard about the family that sold the house a church gave them. And his postal co-worker immediately said "yeah, and then did you hear what the the family said to the church about selling the house?"


The politicizing of 8/29 victims by tying them in to ONE incident must make it palatable to ignore the ongoing suffering. This month, we lost Timothea Beckerman who made it to New York but didn't live long enough to return back to New Orleans. She was 55.

New Orleans legends Charlie Brent and Warren Bell, Sr. both died this week. Musicians in bands including Bonerama, the New Wave Brass Band, Pinstripe Brass Band and many others have not survived the year.

Would you, if you lost everything, could not put food on our family's table and were looked on with the suspicion by people terrified their tax dollars and church offerings had to continue to help you?

Out of the 10 billion in grants Road Home was supposed to offer, 28 have been awarded. Although if each is a family of 10, 280 people are already been lifted out of disaster. Heck of a job."

At December 03, 2006 3:14 AM, Anonymous DJH said...

First of all the announcement was not late. NBC has 12 days to decide which game they'd like to pick up from FOX or CBS, originally they were only supposed to pick from 4pm EST kickoffs but now they choose any game. The NFL also announced the flex schedule NBC SEA@DEN game on Monday 11/20 for the 12/3 game, so no big surprises there...

You also had some erroneous info on one of your earlier posts about NBC choosing NE@MIA for the 12/10 game. Not sure where you heard that one, but I don't think even NBC even knew which game they were going to pick up for 12/10 until a little over a week ago


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