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TheOak 09-02-2012 06:50 AM

How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
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A game-by-game preview of how the New Orleans Saints' 2012 season will play out:
WEEK 1 Sept. 9
vs Washington
Saints 41
Redskins 17
Times-Picayune photo illustrationThe New Orleans Saints are trying to become the first team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Everyone who hopped off the Saints' bandwagon this offseason will be clamoring to get back on after they're reminded how sensational this offense is. Drew Brees throws four touchdown passes, one each to Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Darren Sproles. And tailback Mark Ingram runs in another.
Meanwhile, Redskins rookie quarterback RG III may go on to have a nice season. But he's sacked three times and throws three picks in his debut while trying to play catch-up inside a raucous Superdome.
Record: 1-0
WEEK 2 Sept. 16
at Carolina
Saints 23
Panthers 20
A lot of people believe the Saints will be on the decline this season, and the Panthers will be on the rise. So the Saints happily will escape with a road victory in Week 2, even if it's not as glamorous as the opener.
New Orleans' pass rush is less effective against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton than it was in Week 1, and Carolina's ground game keeps the Saints' potent offense off the field for large chunks. But Graham catches nine passes for 100-plus yards, and Brees leads the Saints on a winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
Record: 2-0
WEEK 3, Sept. 23
vs Kansas City
Saints 34
Chiefs 17
The Chiefs might be a sneaky-good team this season. But they're not equipped to win a shootout against the Saints inside the Dome. After a fast start by New Orleans, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel throws two interceptions, including a pick-six by cornerback Jabari Greer.
Saints tailback Pierre Thomas has his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 of the 2009 season. And the Chiefs won't get "Stand Up & Get Crunk" out of their heads until October.
Record: 3-0
WEEK 4 Sept. 30
at Green Bay
Packers 38
Saints 31
Michael DeMocker / The Times-PicayuneAaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will provide the New Orleans Saints a stern test.
The Packers boast a deadly combination: They're the most talented team in the NFL, and they're hungry after a disappointing second-round playoff loss to the New York Giants last season. The road to New Orleans will go through Wisconsin.
Although the Saints are revved up and ready for this showdown, the Packers are just a tad better. Aaron Rodgers throws four touchdowns to Brees' three. And the Packers win the turnover battle 2-1. Sproles has a monster game, though, with 150 yards from scrimmage and another 130 on kick returns.
Record: 3-1
WEEK 5 Oct. 7
vs San Diego
Chargers 28
Saints 24
The Saints are still a little flat after the deflating loss at Green Bay. And though they storm back with 21 points in the second half, it's not quite enough. Brees throws two interceptions in the first half, and the Saints' defense gives up more than 150 rushing yards while forcing no turnovers against a steady performance by Chargers QB Philip Rivers.
The Saints are able to hold former teammate Robert Meachem to a quiet day. But after a strong start, New Orleans heads into its bye week on a two-game losing streak.
Record: 3-2

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Rell&Gold 09-02-2012 12:41 PM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
WoW!..so we lose to all play-off caliber teams...Hmmmmm
BULL****! and we lose to the Packers twice C'mon...Wtf!

Danno 09-02-2012 01:25 PM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
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Originally Posted by Rell&Gold (Post 433467)
WoW!..so we lose to all play-off caliber teams...Hmmmmm
BULL****! and we lose to the Packers twice C'mon...Wtf!

True, last year we went 13-3 and lost to St Louis and Tampa, who had a combined record of 6-26

We went 6-2 against playoff teams last year.

SmashMouth 09-02-2012 03:14 PM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
We shall see .... and it'll be fun to watch.

Stealthman 09-02-2012 03:25 PM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
I don't see a game in which we can't emerge victorious... none!

westbankdaze 09-02-2012 05:02 PM

No way we lose to the packers. Twice no less. Packers are going to take a turn for he worse this year.

We will lose to the raiders though because we ALWAYS struggle when we go on the road to the west coast AND ,on top of that, this will be our usual loss to one of the crappiest teams in the NFL.

Its almost like this crap is choreographed.

Vrillon82 09-02-2012 05:14 PM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
No way we lose to San Diego in the dome.

westbankdaze 09-02-2012 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Vrillon82 (Post 433524)
No way we lose to San Diego in the dome.

What he said.

The Dude 09-02-2012 08:58 PM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
I can't say that assessment is too far off. I think we win a couple of the playoff bound teams and lay an egg or two against an inferior team but the overall record looks pretty legit.

Danno 09-03-2012 09:52 AM

Re: How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out
 
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Originally Posted by Stealthman (Post 433504)
I don't see a game in which we can't emerge victorious... none!

And conversely, every team on our schedule can beat us if we play our C-game (Saint Louis-2011).

I'm guessing we'll beat 3 out of the 4 toughest teams on our schedule, and lose at least 1 to a much inferior team, and end up around 11-5.


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