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2013 NFC Contenders' Corner (Playoff Contenders' Info) Week 9

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; We’re now at the halfway point of the season for the Saints. With each passing week, the stakes are increased. We are also finding that there is no easy week, regardless of the foe. On any given Sunday, one NFL ...

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We’re now at the halfway point of the season for the Saints. With each passing week, the stakes are increased. We are also finding that there is no easy week, regardless of the foe. On any given Sunday, one NFL team can beat another one. As Head Coach Sean Payton has said time after time, “Don’t eat the cheese, don’t get ahead of yourself, and take it a week at a time.”

Week 9 Bye teams (4 NFC; 2 AFC): Cardinals, Lions, Giants, 49’ers, Broncos, Jaguars.

Thursday October 31st

Week 9, Game 1: Bengals (6-2) @ Dolphins (3-4)

N/A: AFC opponents.

Vegas odds on this game: Bengals by 3.


Sunday November 1st

Week 9, Game 2: Falcons (2-5) @ Panthers (4-3)

a. Why it is important: Both teams are NFC South rivals. Panthers remain on their hot streak following their win over the Buccaneers last week. The Saints are not worried at this point, but neither do they have a comfort zone just yet. The Falcons are trying to salvage this season, and make a late run at a Wildcard spot. But reality is slowly setting in for the Dirty Birds, and there was even talk of Tony Gonzalez being open to a trade. If the Falcons mail-it-in on this one, it will be an embarrassing blowout.

b. Desired outcome: I can’t say it… I just CANNOT say it! But you guys are smart, and can figure it out since the Saints already have one win vs. the Falcons. I feel somehow that the Panthers will destroy Atlanta in this one… but let’s hope not. Falcons are capable of beating Carolina, but they appear to be in disarray, and probably don’t have the motivation to overcome a rowdy Panthers’ home crowd and the excitement that Carolina has at being in the thick of the playoff race.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 3.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Panthers by 7- ˝.


Week 9, Game 3: Vikings (1-6) @ Cowboys (4-4)

a. Why it is important: Both teams are NFC rivals; the Cowboys lead the NFC East, and want to at least secure Wildcard spot.

b. Desired outcome: Pull for the Vikings. Cowboys have been relatively hot lately, but if Adrian Peterson gets untracked, it could limit Dallas’ possessions in the game. That would give the Vikings a fighting chance, barring turnovers.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 3.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Cowboys by 11


Week 9, Game 4: Saints (6-1) @ Jets (4-4)

a. Why it is important: Saints look to inch one game closer to a playoff berth. Even though this is a non-conference game, it still looms big for the Saints… especially since we’re still vying for a premier 1st round bye. The Panthers are trying to stay within striking distance of the Saints for the NFC South crown, so the Black and Gold can’t afford any missteps.

b. Desired outcome: Pull for the Saints. Jets are still in the thick of the playoff hunt, and Rex Ryan will have added incentive to upstage his brother (Rob) on the big stage.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 6.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Saints by 6- ˝.


Week 9, Game 5: Titans (3-4) @ Rams (3-5)

a. Why it is important: Rams are an NFC rival. Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher gets to go up against his former team (Titans) in what is an important game for both teams if they are to keep their fading playoff hopes alive.

b. Desired outcome: Pull for the Titans (…easy pick, since this is an interconference game).

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 5.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Titans by 3.


Week 9, Game 6: Chiefs (8-0) @ Bills (3-5)

N/A: AFC opponents.

Vegas odds on this game: Chiefs by 3- ˝.


Week 9, Game 7: Chargers (4-4) @ Redskins (3-4)

a.. Why it is important: Redskins are an NFC rival.

b. Desired outcome: Pull for the Chargers (interconference game). Redskins are starting to play better on offense, as RG-III is gaining confidence and knocking the rust off of his game with each passing week.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 5.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Chargers by 1.


Week 9, Game 8: Eagles (3-5) @ Raiders (3-4)

a. Why it is important: Eagles are an NFC rival.

b. Desired outcome: Pull for the Raiders.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 5.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Raiders by 2- ˝.


Week 9: Game 9: Buccaneers (0-7) @ Seahawks (7-1)

a. Why it is important: Both teams are NFC rivals. Bucs are an NFC South rival; Seahawks and Saints are currently the front runners for a first round bye in the playoffs (…but there is still a lot of time before that is determined).

b. Desired outcome: You have a better chance of flipping a coin 100 times and calling it right each time than the Bucs have at winning at Seattle. All kidding aside, we know upsets can happen on any given Sunday. We just have to hope that Seattle and Tampa play their worst and best games of the year, respectively.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 1.5 out of 10.

d. Vegas odds on this game: Seahawks by 17.


Week 9: Game 10: Ravens (4-4) @ Browns (3-5)

N/A: AFC opponents.

Vegas odds on this game: Ravens by 3.


Week 9, Game 11: Steelers (3-5) @ Patriots (6-2)

N/A: AFC opponents.

Vegas odds on this game: Patriots by 7.


(SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL)


Week 9, Game 12: Colts (6-2) @ Texans (4-4)

N/A: AFC opponents.

Vegas odds on this game: Colts by 3.


Monday November 2nd


Week 9, Game 13: Bears (4-3) @ Packers (5-2)

a. Why it is important: Both teams are NFC rivals. Packers still vying for a first round bye in the playoffs. Bears still in the thick of the Wildcard hunt, but do not want to fade further behind the teams in contention.

b. Desired outcome: Pull for the Bears. A loss by the Packers enhances the Saints’ hopes for a first round bye, albeit still early. Let’s see… the game is at Lambeau Field. Naaaawww… upset is not likely.

c. Confidence factor for a good outcome: 3.5 out of 10

d. Vegas odds on this game: Packers by 11- ˝.


News from Enemy Camps (Week 9):

Saints’ next opponent:
(Jets): New York Jets Rumors & News: Pro Sports Daily

NFC East Leaders:

(Cowboys): Dallas Cowboys Rumors & News: Pro Sports Daily

NFC North Leader:

(Packers): Green Bay Packers Rumors & News: Pro Sports Daily

NFC West Leaders:

(Seahawks): Seattle Seahawks Rumors & News: Pro Sports Daily

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Old 10-31-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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Re: 2013 NFC Contenders' Corner (Playoff Contenders' Info) Week 9

I feel very strongly that the Falcons will be shake-your-head-in-disbelief embarrassed at Carolina this Sunday.

Panthers get at least a 40-burger. If they get 3+ turnovers, it will be a 50-burger.

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I feel very strongly that the Falcons will be shake-your-head-in-disbelief embarrassed at Carolina this Sunday.

Panthers get at least a 40-burger. If they get 3+ turnovers, it will be a 50-burger.

I don't know why but I think that the Falcons will win this game. Barely.
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