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WE'RE #1

Yes I said it, we are #1 for the first time ever.  We are the number one seed in the NFC.  If we win the next playoff game, the road to the Superbowl comes through New Orleans.  That Brett Favre is a smart fella.  I think he played well, except for the knockdown and the 2 sacks in OT.  They would have won it if AP didn't fumble the ball.  But I think that was all part of Favre's plan.  He knows Dallas is going to beat the Eagles next week and the Vikings are going to win.  What he really wants is to play the NFC Championship game in New Orleans so all his family can come and watch.  That is really what happened.  He saw the Saints play some prevent offense, prevent them from locking up homefield advantage, and thought to himself, well if we lose this week but win next week and the Cowboys win, then we will still be #2 and we can play the NFC Championship in New Orleans and all my family can come watch.  I tell you he is an Einstein.  I am glad the Saints have overcome another tick mark in what this team has never done before.  Next is to win the NFC Championship and get to the big game.  I said in another one of my Fan Posts that I thought that the Saints were basically playing haphazardly in order to save their starters.  How would the fans have felt if Payton sat the starters in the last home game?  That is basically what he did.  He didn't play the smash mouth football that we are used to.  Anyone wonder why??  I think that he did play conservatively and he has his reasons for it.  Do you really think that he would have not gone for it on those 4th downs in the first half?  If this were the first game of the playoffs your darn tootin' he would have.  Because that is the kind of coach he is.  I know I said that every player wants to win every game but there is more to it than that.  There are a lot of superlatives you have to think about.  Do you think PT would have sat out the rest of the game had this been a playoff game, I don't think so.  Do you think Drew would have given up throwing the long ball if this were a playoff game, again, I don't think so.  So the only think that this Tampa Bay game told me was that I have to trust in the coaches that have led us into uncharted territory like they did 3 years ago.  I have no question that the Saints are not going to be playing on the same level as they did in the beginning of the season.  They have no reason to do so.  If they do, I would really wonder why he is risking hurting his players in a do nothing game.  I thing he might play Greer to get him some playing time before the playoffs, but that is it.  Put him in for a couple of snaps to make sure he is ok for the playoffs, then take him out.  I would hate to see him hurt himself again right before the playoffs.  We need all our starters fresh for the playoffs, but without the cobwebs that might collect while waiting for the big game.  I think that the Colts have started resting their starters a little too early, but I am not a coach, that is just my opinion.  I have no doubt that we will see a resurgence of the old Saints team in the playoffs.  They will play like they did against NE when there is something to prove.  They have had nothing to prove in the last game, and still nothing to prove in the next.  They did prove it in the beginning of the game and then they went on cruise control.  I think that had Minn won tonight, then we would have seen the old Saints team against the Panthers, but now, I hope I don't.  I want to see a healthy team go into the playoffs.


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