I say let the country keep pulling for the Saints. A little more "us against the world" can only strengthen the Eagles' psyche. If we learned anything this season it's that Reid's thing about looking for players with character has paid dividends this season. What they've done since McNabb was hurt is almost unbelievable. I know they've pulled that "Power of One" thing out in years past, but this time it's for real. This is the most cohesive and determined Eagles team we've had in a long time.
I really don't know how Saturday will go. I think the Vegas line of 5 1/2 points is probably about right. Maybe a little high, but the Saints should be more than a FG favorite due to talent, home field and rest. For sure the Eagles secondary is going to have their hands full with that passing game since Sheppard is out. But, NO might have the same sort of problem when Runyan and Co get the running game going. If the Eagles can establish the run, I think it'll be a close game and that favors the birds due to their playoff experience.
I do know that, win or lose, this team is going to play tough, team football.
Originally posted by Falco Lombardi The Eagles are hot right now. I think they will crush the Saints. I believe that part of the reason why they did so well this year was because everyone felt sympathy for them.
The kiss of death, Sasquatch.
I'm sure that the other professional football players' pity for the professional football players on the Saints had a huge effect.
The Saints have little playoff experience while the Eagles are loaded with players who have been there before. I don't see the Saints blowing them out: the Saint run defense was terrible this year and Westbrook is on a roll. I think the Eagles will play a ball control offense, so I don't know about the over. What is it anyway; it's not in my local paper. I'm guessing 45 or 46.
EDIT: 49 seems a bit high; check out buffettgambler's first post here: http://forum.therx.com/showthread.php?t=445971
Originally posted by CliffLandin Falco hasn't picked a game right all year. I just look to see who he is supporting and bet on the other team. Michigan, OSU, OU, Philly, Baltimore, Dallas - he is money in the bank.
Careful. You're gonna jinx a reliable method, and if he's ever correct he'll become insufferable.
Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad, but my Super Bowl pick went down the tubes.
Preliminary picks: I don't see any reason to believe that another playoff matchup between the Colts and Pats will turn out any differently than the two in 2004 and 2005. In fact, I'm very surprised that the early line is favoring the Colts by 3. Grab the points, Pats fans; it looks like Brady and Co. are getting another ring.
Two big reasons to take the Bears in the NFC game at the low, low price of only 3 points: 1) Inexperienced playoff teams rarely make it all the way to the SB dance (and usually get bitchslapped when they do); 2) If the weathermen are correct, Sunday's gonna be cold as a SOB in Chicago and dome teams just don't do well in the January cold (Before anybody starts talking about the Colts' road win last week, it was in the sixties in Baltimore).
So fearless forecast: Pats +3 over the Colts
Bears -3 over the Saints
Originally posted by no1marauder Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad, but my Super Bowl pick went down the tubes.
Preliminary picks: I don't see any reason to believe that another playoff matchup between the Colts and Pats will turn out any differently than the two in 2004 and 2005. In fact, I'm very surprised that the early line is favoring the Colts by 3. Grab the points, Pats fans ...[text shortened]... ast: Pats +3 over the Colts
Bears -3 over the Saints
Not bad for spreads picks at all. You got screwed by the Ravens though, as did I. In my spreads pool I did rather well myself this week, accurately predicting both Chicago and the Pats to win by three, picking the Saints to win by one, but was massively screwed overall by picking the Ravens to win by 14! Now instead of being in the money, I'm riding around tenth.
For this week, I'm gonna go with the Pats to cover and win and the Saints to cover and upset the Bears at home.