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 Who would you rather play in the playoffs, NO or CAR? 
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I'm curious why everyone lacks confidence in here?

The only team in the NFC playoffs we haven't played is the Eagles and they are likely to lose their playoff game as their starting QB is out. Of the four remaining teams we've beaten three of the four and the one we lost to is arguable the worst of the bunch. New Orleans has perhaps the most equity in Drew Brees, but they lack outside WR.

Of the four defenses, only Carolina is stout, but even then their secondary is a weakness. None of the NFC playoff defenses are even close to what the Vikings bring to the table. You might be worried about Aaron Donald, he is certainly great, but the Rams have him playing in a less than ideal situation in the 3-4 scheme. Also, we put up 30 points on that defense the last time we played them. We made them look silly.

On top of all of this the only team we wouldn't play at home is the Eagles and as I said above, they are likely to lose. As someone said above, the team I'm most concerned about in this playoff run is the Vikings and I agree. If they play to their level they will be in the Super Bowl. It is that simple. They are the best team in the NFC.

FWIW, the team I fear the most is on the AFC side the team, but it isn't PIT or the NE. It's the Jags. Their D, like ours, is good enough to knock off anybody. In addition, of all the teams in the playoffs that is the one that could make Keenum become old Keenum. If you want to cheer for someone, cheer for the Bills.

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I get nervous because the Saints are a different team and the Rams are a very good team. If shard to beat a team twice during the season.

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I'm curious why everyone lacks confidence in here?

The only team in the NFC playoffs we haven't played is the Eagles and they are likely to lose their playoff game as their starting QB is out. Of the four remaining teams we've beaten three of the four and the one we lost to is arguable the worst of the bunch. New Orleans has perhaps the most equity in Drew Brees, but they lack outside WR.

Of the four defenses, only Carolina is stout, but even then their secondary is a weakness. None of the NFC playoff defenses are even close to what the Vikings bring to the table. You might be worried about Aaron Donald, he is certainly great, but the Rams have him playing in a less than ideal situation in the 3-4 scheme. Also, we put up 30 points on that defense the last time we played them. We made them look silly.

On top of all of this the only team we wouldn't play at home is the Eagles and as I said above, they are likely to lose. As someone said above, the team I'm most concerned about in this playoff run is the Vikings and I agree. If they play to their level they will be in the Super Bowl. It is that simple. They are the best team in the NFC.

FWIW, the team I fear the most is on the AFC side the team, but it isn't PIT or the NE. It's the Jags. Their D, like ours, is good enough to knock off anybody. In addition, of all the teams in the playoffs that is the one that could make Keenum become old Keenum. If you want to cheer for someone, cheer for the Bills.


The best team doesn't always win. It's the playoffs. Totally different game. Look at week 17. It was basically a playoff week for many. We saw a few upsets, something close to the butt fumble with the Titans, and the Bills made the playoffs. Out of character things can happen. Players start doing too much, while others rise to the occasion. Keenum even said that sometimes he overthinks things when he has too much time on his hands. We don't know how Elflein or Rudolph is healing. Just a lot of things.

Having said that, I would much rather have the #1 defense than the #1 offense going into the playoffs. I love this defense.

I can just imagine how loud the home crowd is going to be during the playoffs. Maybe it doesn't matter who the Vikings play this year.

Call me crazy but I think the Vikings will be playing the Falcons for the NFC Championship.

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mansquatch wrote:
I'm curious why everyone lacks confidence in here?

The only team in the NFC playoffs we haven't played is the Eagles and they are likely to lose their playoff game as their starting QB is out. Of the four remaining teams we've beaten three of the four and the one we lost to is arguable the worst of the bunch. New Orleans has perhaps the most equity in Drew Brees, but they lack outside WR.

Of the four defenses, only Carolina is stout, but even then their secondary is a weakness. None of the NFC playoff defenses are even close to what the Vikings bring to the table. You might be worried about Aaron Donald, he is certainly great, but the Rams have him playing in a less than ideal situation in the 3-4 scheme. Also, we put up 30 points on that defense the last time we played them. We made them look silly.

On top of all of this the only team we wouldn't play at home is the Eagles and as I said above, they are likely to lose. As someone said above, the team I'm most concerned about in this playoff run is the Vikings and I agree. If they play to their level they will be in the Super Bowl. It is that simple. They are the best team in the NFC.

FWIW, the team I fear the most is on the AFC side the team, but it isn't PIT or the NE. It's the Jags. Their D, like ours, is good enough to knock off anybody. In addition, of all the teams in the playoffs that is the one that could make Keenum become old Keenum. If you want to cheer for someone, cheer for the Bills.


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mansquatch wrote:
I'm curious why everyone lacks confidence in here?

The only team in the NFC playoffs we haven't played is the Eagles and they are likely to lose their playoff game as their starting QB is out. Of the four remaining teams we've beaten three of the four and the one we lost to is arguable the worst of the bunch. New Orleans has perhaps the most equity in Drew Brees, but they lack outside WR.

Of the four defenses, only Carolina is stout, but even then their secondary is a weakness. None of the NFC playoff defenses are even close to what the Vikings bring to the table. You might be worried about Aaron Donald, he is certainly great, but the Rams have him playing in a less than ideal situation in the 3-4 scheme. Also, we put up 30 points on that defense the last time we played them. We made them look silly.

On top of all of this the only team we wouldn't play at home is the Eagles and as I said above, they are likely to lose. As someone said above, the team I'm most concerned about in this playoff run is the Vikings and I agree. If they play to their level they will be in the Super Bowl. It is that simple. They are the best team in the NFC.

FWIW, the team I fear the most is on the AFC side the team, but it isn't PIT or the NE. It's the Jags. Their D, like ours, is good enough to knock off anybody. In addition, of all the teams in the playoffs that is the one that could make Keenum become old Keenum. If you want to cheer for someone, cheer for the Bills.


As a Vikings fan of 3 decades, I can sum this up for you in one word. Cherophobic.

Say what? Fear of happiness?

Not me. I'm ready to celebrate. But no matter what, this season has already brought a lot of happiness to a lot of Vikings fans.

Atychiphobia is probably more accurate -- fear of failure.

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I get nervous because the Saints are a different team and the Rams are a very good team. If shard to beat a team twice during the season.

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So, how about 3 times in one season. That's what the Saints have to do. Beat the Panthers for a third time to make it to the next level. Odds are we will get the Rams.

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PurpleMustReign wrote:
I get nervous because the Saints are a different team and the Rams are a very good team. If shard to beat a team twice during the season.

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So, how about 3 times in one season. That's what the Saints have to do. Beat the Panthers for a third time to make it to the next level. Odds are we will get the Rams.


I've never understood the mindset of it being hard to beat a team 3 times in a season. To me you are superior and should win the third contest. Can someone explain to me why people say it is hard to get a team 3 times straight?

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Raptorman wrote:
PurpleMustReign wrote:
I get nervous because the Saints are a different team and the Rams are a very good team. If shard to beat a team twice during the season.

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So, how about 3 times in one season. That's what the Saints have to do. Beat the Panthers for a third time to make it to the next level. Odds are we will get the Rams.


I've never understood the mindset of it being hard to beat a team 3 times in a season. To me you are superior and should win the third contest. Can someone explain to me why people say it is hard to get a team 3 times straight?


It's not a mindset. It's reality. If you're playing a team for the 3rd time in a season then it's a divisional opponent. Those games are always different and usually tougher than they appear. Take, for example, the Dolphins dominating the Patriots a few weeks ago. They always play NE tough. Miami is not a very good team, but because those teams are familiar with each other, the game doesn't play out as it does on paper. Also, if you're playing a team for the 3rd time, it's in the playoffs, so we're not talking about the Steelers playing the Browns for a 3rd time. We're talking about a playoff caliber team. Seeing a team on film for the 3rd time can illustrate strong tendencies and defencies and such that all can be corrected the 3rd go around. The Panthers are also a much better team than when the played the Saints the 1st time, so I'm not sure what that game would even mean for these two teams.


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Raptorman wrote:
PurpleMustReign wrote:
I get nervous because the Saints are a different team and the Rams are a very good team. If shard to beat a team twice during the season.

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So, how about 3 times in one season. That's what the Saints have to do. Beat the Panthers for a third time to make it to the next level. Odds are we will get the Rams.


I've never understood the mindset of it being hard to beat a team 3 times in a season. To me you are superior and should win the third contest. Can someone explain to me why people say it is hard to get a team 3 times straight?
Ask Green Bay in 2005 or whatever.

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I don't care who we play. I believe we we can beat the best. But if I had to choose, give me the Saints. We deserve to get our revenge!


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We find out tomorrow, around 6:45. Go Panthers!!!

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Watching two upsets in 2 wildcard games has got me spooked... :shock:

Somehow New Orleans feels like the toughest opponent left. We make it past them, Falcons nor Eagles will stand in our way. And we can take New England too.

But the Saints... Their running backs & the arm of Drew Brees haunt my dreams.

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Watching two upsets in 2 wildcard games has got me spooked... :shock:

Somehow New Orleans feels like the toughest opponent left. We make it past them, Falcons nor Eagles will stand in our way. And we can take New England too.

But the Saints... Their running backs & the arm of Drew Brees haunt my dreams.


The number of dropped passes so far is really surprising. None of the wildcard teams have looked in playoff form so far. I have a feeling Saints/Panthers will be different but we'll see.


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I am torn here. I fear N.O. more than Panthers... But a huge part of me wants to face and beat Saints to revenge the Bountygate/ Pete Morreli officiating crew debacle that we suffered. It would be some vindication.

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I am torn here. I fear N.O. more than Panthers... But a huge part of me wants to face and beat Saints to revenge the Bountygate/ Pete Morreli officiating crew debacle that we suffered. It would be some vindication.

If we can't beat the Saints we can't win the super bowl anyway.

I want the Saints and I want the Falcons and I want to see them sacrificed in front of thousands of Vikings fans.

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Saints making it look easy thus far.


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I would rather face the Panthers. But the Saints are looking really good. The Saints concern me. They are much better than they were week one. A championship calibre team right now with the two headed monster at running back and some VERY fast receivers and Breeze who is as good as anyone in the playoffs right now.

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If we can't beat the Saints we can't win the super bowl anyway.


I agree with this 100%. Plus, I think our defense matches up well with their offense. Our defensive backfield can cover guys long enough to force Brees to hold the ball and Linval/Barr/Kendricks are the perfect antidote for Ingram/Kamara. I also believe our offense will be able to score easier against the Saints than the Panthers.

Either way, it will be fun. I can’t wait to hear how loud the house of pain is next week!


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Zach Line sighting. This better not be a blowout, I want the Saints starters out there all 4 quarters.


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Carolina is suffering from a few inopportune drops but are moving the ball. It wouldn’t surprise me if they find a way to climb back into it.


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So far the Saints ripping the Panthers a new one. Looking far superior in first half. Defense can't stop Bree's and company. Gawd I hate that smug S. Payton


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Zach Line sighting. This better not be a blowout, I want the Saints starters out there all 4 quarters.


I always liked Line, but Ham has been great. It’s really a shame about Ham’s nefk


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Zach Line sighting. This better not be a blowout, I want the Saints starters out there all 4 quarters.

It is really closer than it looks, I think. It's dumb luck on the Saints part that it's not 16-21 at the half with the Panthers getting the ball back.

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So far the Saints ripping the Panthers a new one. Looking far superior in first half. Defense can't stop Bree's and company. Gawd I hate that smug S. Payton

I agree 100 % there about Payton. Have zero respect for him. Would love to destroy him in our house but they still scare me. If we can pressure Brees we should be ok but Brees is such a competitor and if he has time and gets hot he can be scary.

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Brees is last in the league when pressured. Formula is simple I think. Control the run ( like how Carolina has done), and pressure Brees (which Carolina has not done).

Panthers offense have been moving at will, Vikings should be able to do the same.

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So far the Saints ripping the Panthers a new one. Looking far superior in first half. Defense can't stop Bree's and company. Gawd I hate that smug S. Payton

I agree 100 % there about Payton. Have zero respect for him. Would love to destroy him in our house but they still scare me. If we can pressure Brees we should be ok but Brees is such a competitor and if he has time and gets hot he can be scary.[/quote

The Panthers just cannot stop the pass. They are lucky the Saints are not up by more.


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The Panthers just cannot stop the pass. They are lucky the Saints are not up by more.


Yes, it looks like their strategy is selling out to stop the run.


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I not only hate the Saints, they are the best team, other then the Vikes, in the NFC. I'm hoping the Panthers can pull this game off.


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Well, Saints win.


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The Panthers just cannot stop the pass. They are lucky the Saints are not up by more.


Yes, it looks like their strategy is selling out to stop the run.


I see it the other way, Saints are lucky the Panthers dropped the TD pass and didn't convert their red zone opportunities

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