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Old 01-03-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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If one thing stood out the last time the Detroit Lions came to town to play the New Orleans Saints, it was the players who didn't play. The most prominent of them was defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, then serving a suspension for losing his cool in a game against the Green Packers on Thanksgiving Day -- but there were others.

Part of the story when New Orleans (13-3) hosts Detroit (10-6) in an NFC wild-card game Saturday night will be Suh's return. At least, that's a story line that will garner a lot of attention. Equally significant, however, might be who is in or out of the lineup.

"Certainly, I would say they're healthier from the last time we played them," Saints Coach Sean Payton said Monday. "It wasn't just because of health, but one of their better defensive players wasn't able to play in the first game that we played against them. They're playing with a lot of confidence offensively. They had a big game yesterday (at Green Bay). It was a game kind of like ours where there was a lot of scoring. I think that confidence as the season finishes up bodes well for both teams."

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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Saints will have to play their best on both sides of the ball to get by the Lions.

Every team in the playoffs is 0-0, so all of the records the Saints set during the season mean nothing during the playoffs.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #4
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We are healthier too, both mentally and physically.
Last time we were favored by 8, this time 11, so I guess Suh doesn't help as much as anyone thinks.
Oddsmakers are the true experts on this subject, not yahoo & ESPN writers
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Everybody has valid points - way to go.

What do they base "odds" on when it comes to betting?
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Everybody has valid points - way to go.

What do they base "odds" on when it comes to betting?
Many factors.

Ultimately, it comes down to what 'SHOULD' happen. At least according to the oddsmakers....
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Papz,

Way to dig up another solid article.

Detroit is more dangerous now than when we faced them. They learned something from our loss.

How they handle it is anyone's guess.

But this Saints team is healthy and crisp.

We will win.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:58 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by homerj07 View Post
Everybody has valid points - way to go.

What do they base "odds" on when it comes to betting?
they pick the number that will yield the most equal number of bets on each team. So, they try to pick a point spread that is attractive to bettors of either team
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They were healthier! This just in!
Kevin Smith, Scheffler collide at Lions practice - CBSSports.com
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Yeah, but both returned to practice I do believe.
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