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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; These guys consistently give better, more concise, critical assessments of each team than any other self appointed expert. You'll know nearly everything necessary for Saints/Vikes Football Outsiders They call it 50/50, giving HFA to the Saints. I'm hoping that they're ...

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Old 01-22-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
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You can't get much better analysis

These guys consistently give better, more concise, critical assessments of each team than any other self appointed expert.

You'll know nearly everything necessary for Saints/Vikes

Football Outsiders

They call it 50/50, giving HFA to the Saints.

I'm hoping that they're just hedging a bit.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
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Re: You can't get much better analysis

Plus, there's hints on what to watch for in every situation on both sides of the ball. You'll know who's getting into the other's head from the nuances explained.
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Xan - GREAT post my man... I've never seen this site before. Very insightful and completely devoid of ex-nfl analyst trash-talk (deion)

Great find.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:04 AM   #4
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This is what scares me about two teams so evenly matched: The x factor -

SPECIAL TEAMS
Here's the biggest area where the Vikings have an advantage over the Saints. The Vikings ranked third in our special teams ratings, the Saints 28th. The Saints were among the five weakest NFL teams in field-goal kicking, punting, and punt returns. (Before last week's touchdown against the Cardinals, Reggie Bush had only two returns over 15 yards all season.) The Vikings got excellent kick returns from Percy Harvin and Ryan Longwell was 26-of-28 on field goals. However, the one area where Minnesota special teams are weak (Longwell has poor distance on kickoffs) matches the only area where the Saints had good special teams this year (Courtney Roby's kick returns).
Thanks to a good defense and excellent special teams, Minnesota was one of only two teams to start its average drive past the 32-yard line. (The other was Chicago.)
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Thanks, xan. I was just about to post this link myself. I've been reading FO for a few years now and it really helps me enjoy the game more. Reading their stuff requires a little more attention and brain power than watching PTI but it's worth it.
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