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Old 10-26-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default N.O. losing to Browns = likely loss for Pgh this week

It happens so often: once a good (current world champs) lose to
an underdog team, the next week, that upset team is hyper focused
and ready to hunt bear. To compile matters further, the game is a national, night time
affair, in their house.

If the Saints were like Dallas - a broke team without chemistry or leadership -
these factors might not matter. But as it is, I believe Brees and company still
have pride and still think they can contend, hence, we are going to get
their best game. Add in that Pgh has been flying high mostly all year, it's
probably time for a down performance.

The NFL has so much to do with timing. N.O. got caught looking past the
Browns and now we are going to have to deal with it. I'm not saying this
is a definite loss, but it is more likely than not. And if they do drop this
one, I won't panic a bit over it. It's just the ebb and flow of the NFL. Look
at the Giants: they started 1-2 and everyone was saying they were dead
and it was time for Coughlin to go. Now everyone is saying they are the
best team in the NFC. People always overreact from the first 3 weeks.

Dallas is done. Stick a fork in them. That's what you end up if you
don't have a real head coach with real head coaching duties and
if you have no leaders on the roster. Talent alone won't get you jack
shizzle.
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Default Re: N.O. losing to Browns = likely loss for Pgh this week

i dont believe in hocus pocus.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: N.O. losing to Browns = likely loss for Pgh this week

In case you haven't been paying attention the Browns have been playing far better than their record indicates. I don't think the Saints overlooked the Browns at all. The Saints haven't been playing very well and the Browns came out and smacked the shit out them.
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Default Re: N.O. losing to Browns = likely loss for Pgh this week

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It happens so often: once a good (current world champs) lose to
an underdog team, the next week, that upset team is hyper focused
and ready to hunt bear. To compile matters further, the game is a national, night time
affair, in their house. .
Because we all know the Browns were road kill after a fired up defending champs Steelers team lost at home to a mediocre Oakland team last year and then had a chance to take out its frustrations on the Browns

If I were betting I would take the Saints but before "looking past" the Browns the Saints lost at home to the Falcons and played a mediocre game in the home season opener against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Titanic.

Add that to a road loss to the Cardinals plus a sketchy road win in San Francisco and I have flashbacks to the 2006 and 2009 Steelers when I watch the Saints this year.
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In case you haven't been paying attention the Browns have been playing far better than their record indicates. I don't think the Saints overlooked the Browns at all. The Saints haven't been playing very well and the Browns came out and smacked the shit out them.
Couldn't agree more. You don't "look past a team" when you're the defending Super Bowl champs and are in a dogfight within you're own division. The Falcons and Saints were tied (with the head-to-head tiebreaker going to Atlanta) heading into last weekend and there's a permanent bullseye on the Saints being the World Champs. Peyton Hillis has lit a match under that team and they're not laying down for anyone. The Saints defense is suspect at best right now and without Reggie Bush, their offense is much easier to dissect.

The Steelers should be able to run wild on the Saints D. Hopefully Reggie Bush doesn't play and the Steelers can focus on their pass coverage that much more too. I look for the Steelers to win a relatively close, hard-fought game. I'll say 27-23.
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Every team on the Steelers' schedule is ready to hunt bear when playing the Steelers. All in a day's work for the Black 'n Gold.
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Default Re: N.O. losing to Browns = likely loss for Pgh this week

how many times did we find ourselves saying the same thing last year, only to come out next week and blow another game? the Saints are the Steelers last year. looking ahead to us or not, the Saints haven't looked good all year. i am not saying we will win or lose.. but it's not like the Steelers won't be up for this game. it's their first night game of the season. how do we know the Steelers weren't looking past Miami a bit last week?
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how many times did we find ourselves saying the same thing last year, only to come out next week and blow another game? the Saints are the Steelers last year. looking ahead to us or not, the Saints haven't looked good all year. i am not saying we will win or lose.. but it's not like the Steelers won't be up for this game. it's their first night game of the season. how do we know the Steelers weren't looking past Miami a bit last week?
I agree here. We will be ready. As a team, we played our worst game of the season thus far and were able to leave with the W. Browns are better than they are getting credit for.
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In case you haven't been paying attention the Browns have been playing far better than their record indicates. I don't think the Saints overlooked the Browns at all. The Saints haven't been playing very well and the Browns came out and smacked the shit out them.
The Browns were "in" almost every game they played, yes. But they were
still a one-win team. And they are still "the Browns." I am sure the Saints
weren't walking around, saying that the game was an easy win and all
they had to do was show up. I am sure they said and acted in all the right
ways as you would if you thought you had a serious challenge ahead of
you. But if you asked the Saints privately, and they gave you sincere
answers, do you really think they thought they would lose to the Browns
at home?

We saw firsthand, how quickly a Super Bowl winning team can turn to shit
(as in last year). Maybe the Saints are suffering from that same thing. But,
the still have the nucleus of a champ and if they come out focused, knowing
they are home on prime time TV, we will likely be facing a formidable team.
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. how do we know the Steelers weren't looking past Miami a bit last week?
I agree with this...

The Steelers were playing very sloppy at the beginning of the game last week, and I'm sure the D is going to be psyched to be up to the task to man up.

Ben, I'm sure, would like to have a better game than the last one.

I was listening to Sirius NFL radio last night, and they were discussing the fact that N.O. has a problem in that they are one-dimensional without a real running game... which allows for a lot of pass rush pressure. Time for Ziggy to step up.. yes, we will sorely miss Aaron Smith.. but, he wasn't going to be here forever folks...

Everyone is going on about now NO is going to be psyched.. how about the STEELERS being psyched.. there are going to be a BAZILLION Steeler fans there waving towels.. trust me, it seems like half the burgh is headed down there, and that doesn't even account for all the out-of-towners that will make the trip too!

The last few games for the Saints have not been that impressive.
- Got smacked by the Browns
- Won against Tampa Bay (big whoop.. we smacked them just as hard)
- LOST to Arizona!
- Squeeked by a win vs. CAROLINA! 16-14

I am not content with saying "oh.. well.. if we lose.. whatever, we were due"... and I'm sure Mike Tomlin isn't either - just as he wasn't content with premise of 2-2 as a best case scenario with Ben out of the picture, as most of the media / Steelers Fans were at the beginning of the season.
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