Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints

FootballOutsiders.com article

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I thought it was interesting to read what these guys said about the Atlanta game BEFORE it happened. Also interesting: in the last paragraph, they debunk the myth of the Saints being inconsistent. http://footballoutsiders.com/ramblings.php?p=2163&cat=1 ATLANTA (11-3) at NEW ORLEANS (6-8) ...

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-27-2004, 05:35 AM   #1
100th Post
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 335
FootballOutsiders.com article

I thought it was interesting to read what these guys said about the Atlanta game BEFORE it happened. Also interesting: in the last paragraph, they debunk the myth of the Saints being inconsistent.

http://footballoutsiders.com/ramblings.php?p=2163&cat=1

ATLANTA (11-3) at NEW ORLEANS (6-8)
In the blink of an eye and the twist of an ankle, Atlanta has gone from overrated team to NFC favorite. No other team this season has a greater disconnect between its win-loss record and its performance. According to our Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) ratings – which break down each play of the season and compare it to the NFL average based on situation and opponent (explained further here) – Atlanta is a league-average team despite 11 wins. Now, in the wake of Terrell Owens’s ankle injury, the Falcons look like favorites to advance to the Super Bowl.

But as much luck as Atlanta has had this season, it cannot match the serendipity that has blessed New Orleans. The Saints were 4–8 two weeks ago, and rank 25th in the NFL according to DVOA. They have since climbed back into the playoff race with wins over the uninspired Cowboys and the schizophrenic Buccaneers (who were having a “bad Tampa� day). Now they get to play a Falcons team that has nothing to play for.

Locked into the second seed in the playoffs, the Falcons may well hold both quarterback Michael Vick and tight end Alge Crumpler out to help heal injuries, although coach Jim Mora is publicly denying this. Since running back T.J. Duckett and fullback Justin Griffith were already missing due to injury, the Saints will be facing an exhibition offense. True, Warrick Dunn, Atlanta’s other runner, enjoyed his best game of the season last week, and the Saints’ run defense is terrible. But if Atlanta’s passing game consists of rookie Matt Schaub throwing to the league’s worst wide receiver corps, New Orleans will be free to load up the line to stop Dunn.

It’s tempting to view the Saints as an inconsistent team, but nothing could be farther from the truth. When you adjust each game’s performance for the strength of the opponent, they are the most consistent team in the NFC. They lose to good teams, they beat bad teams, they never win big, and they’ve only been blown out by the two best teams on their schedule, San Diego and Denver. But their consistently second-rate performance will be enough to win if Atlanta only plays half an offense.
Doesn't give me a lot of confidence for a victory against the Panthers (one of the two good teams in the NFC right now). Go Saints!
rich006 is offline  
Latest Blogs
REFUND Last Blog: 12-07-2014 By: xan




Saints: A glimpse of the future Last Blog: 11-19-2014 By: lee909


Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:12 PM.


Copyright 1997 - 2014 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts