this weekend, it's WHAT we want! I can't tell you how psyched I am that there are two NFC rematches from last week. How improbable is that? This guarantees physical bloodbaths in both contests. It just works out great for the Saints. There won't be as many surprises as there will be smash- mouth encounters. In the Phila- Dallas game, Philly is committed to not being embarrassed again two weeks in a row. They will come out as physical as possible with all their vengence and hostility at the forefront. They won't be passive!! These two teams hate each other more than any two teams in the NFL, trust me. At least the Eagles hate Dallas that much. (If you don't believe me google Spitgate and all that bs re: spitting on the Dallas star on the field last weekend). The Eagles would rather be eliminated in week 9 than lose today. The Eagles would rather lose in week 16 to Detroit than lose to Dallas, who stole their NFC East crown away, especially since this loss would be in in the playoffs. Dallas, who is bigger, will not lay down and they will be every bit as physical in response. These two teams will inflict damage on each other. I expect both teams to run the ball more than last week.
In the other matchup on the other side of the country, the bloodbath has already begun. One of Green Bays most important players and 2 of the Cardinals most important are playing injured. Woodson banged his shoulder up for GB and Boldin and DRC for the Cardinals. Key players without a doubt. I look for this to be very physical- Arizona wants to prove last week was a JV effort and not be embarrased. After all they are the reigning NFC champs and GB is the young upstart. No one is sure how good Arizona is (Not even Arizona I think) and they are very proud and will attempt to be physical as a way to change last week's result. I think Aaron Rogers is an excellent up and coming QB but I expect two things 1) The Cardinals defense will do everything possible to confuse him and knock him around to take advantage of his lack of playoff experience, and 2) it will be a lot of pressure for him to outplay Warner in his home field. Fitzgerald is the best WR in the NFL, so GB will try to be very physical to give them an advantage. I am, excited because these two bloodbaths are just what the Saints need in the run up to their game next week. Bring it ON!!