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SmashMouth 08-28-2011 10:12 PM

Three things: Saints-Raiders
 
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1. How the defense rebounds. Itís only the preseason, but the horrible performance by the defense in last weekís game with Houston is a legitimate cause for concern. The Saints were terrible against the run and the pass against the Texans. You can bet that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams worked his unit hard as the team spent the past week practicing in Oxnard, Calif. Should be interesting to see the results of what undoubtedly was a difficult week for every player on the defense.
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2. The injuries. The Saints have had more than their share of injuries throughout camp and the preseason. But they have been on the path to getting healthy. At the moment, it looks like only defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, running back Chris Ivory and cornerback Johnny Patrick are in danger of missing the start of the regular season. Sean Paytonís an aggressive coach and the third preseason game is the one in which starters usually play into the second half. But Paytonís team has had an extra week of training camp and he might be wise to take his foot off the gas pedal a little bit and not overuse his starters. When healthy the Saints have the kind of roster that could make them a candidate to go deep into the postseason.

3. Another omen? This game in Oakland makes me think back to two years ago when the Saints destroyed the Raiders and looked like a machine. I wrote this item saying the Saints just might go undefeated and win the Super Bowl. The Saints started 13-0 and won the Super Bowl. Many readers took what I wrote literally, told me I was some sort of sage and said I was the only media member to say the Saints would win the Super Bowl. Fact is, I was saying that only jokingly. At that time, the Raiders were a joke and it was a preseason game. No matter what happens tonight, donít read too much into it. Preseason games in general donít reveal all that much, and when theyíre against the Raiders, they often mean even less.

Three things: Saints-Raiders - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Is Yasisnkas making another prediction?

WhoDat!656 08-28-2011 10:18 PM

Yasisnkas couldnt predict if the sun will rise in east or west.

Thanks God the falcAints havent beaten anyone like this; he would have already annointed them as Super Bowl champions

strato 08-28-2011 10:20 PM

Yank on this

jeanpierre 08-29-2011 12:22 AM

He's actually been one of the few bright spots for ESPN and often finds himself skating uphill trying to get the NFC South respected even though many in Bristol, CT ignore the dominant play of the NFC South when playing outside its division...

homerj07 08-29-2011 07:29 AM

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Originally Posted by strato (Post 324249)
Yank on this

Uhh - do you mean your avatar?? Because I would love to yank on that!!

Whoo - Hoo!! :D

Danno 08-29-2011 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by jeanpierre (Post 324305)
He's actually been one of the few bright spots for ESPN and often finds himself skating uphill trying to get the NFC South respected even though many in Bristol, CT ignore the dominant play of the NFC South when playing outside its division...

Yep, never understood the Yasinskas hate. There are a whole lot worse sportswriters out there.

Maybe because he sometimes comments admirably on the other 3 teams in our division makes the Saints homers angry?


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