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El Campo Tiger
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The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
I would agree with you if it were an 8-team format and they were coming off six days rest.

However, they will have two weeks rest before they would play us (assuming we win Sunday), so for that reason, I'm out.

Let's beat a Carolina team we have already beaten twice, go to Philly and play a team that is a shell of its former self, then go to Minnesota and play a team that is coming off a week's rest just like us (except we will have seven days rest compared to their six because we play Saturday night and they play Sunday afternoon, just like 2009).



Brettesaurus Rex
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
Let's fricking ride boys. Time for title #2.


SirWinston
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
The very strong possibility of hosting NFCCG was a bigger carrot than avoiding Minnesota until the NFCCG.

We have basically no chance of hosting NFCCG now. It went from about 35% with 3 seed to about 5%.

Think back to the 2010 NFCCG. Zero chance we win that game in the Metrodome. Zero chance. That was one of the luckier wins in Saints history - we were thoroughly outplayed on both sides of the ball.
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LSUZombie
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
The Carolina/Philly route has us in the best shape to play in the NFCC game. The Saints would be favored in both games.

From there, it's all in the hands of fate if we have to go to LA or Minnesota to play.


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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
I feel like we beat Atlanta in round one 8 out of 10 times. I feel like we only beat Carolina in round one 6 out of 10 times (granted, this is entirely subjective).

I don't have the best feeling about this game - I think we win, but Atlanta's defense is a lot softer than Carolina's defense.
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WicKed WayZ
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
You make it to the NFC Championship and anything can happen.

Wins over Carolina and Philly might give us the momentum we need to go into Minnesota or LA for that matter and when.


It's all about snatching momentum in the playoffs. Look at what the Giants did in 2011 after they thrashed Atlanta and Green Bay? They won the whole damn thing. Just have to get there and anything can happen.


WicKed WayZ
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
I disagree entirely. If anything we have owned Carolina's D this year while Atlanta's has been a bit surprising. They've been playing really well lately.

I'd also much rather face Cam and Olsen than Ryan, Freeman and Julio. Lattimore will shut down Funchess and if we play the run well then all they will have is Olsen. Olsen alone isn't enough to beat us. Not in the Dome. I fully expect us to come out pissed off too because of the Tampa loss


WhoDatTigahsTampa
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
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It went from about 35% with 3 seed to about 5%.
I'll take the 5% chance for $100 Alec. I like both our chances and ATL's chances to get through this thing. Get ready baws:

ATL @ NO for the NFC crown.

Brace yourselves. (Insert dumb word here) is coming.

This rivalry is about to enter a whole new territory.
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
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I feel like we beat Atlanta in round one 8 out of 10 times. I feel like we only beat Carolina in round one 6 out of 10 times (granted, this is entirely subjective).


We match up a lot better with Carolina than Atlanta

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but Atlanta's defense is a lot softer than Carolina's defense.


We seem to put up a lot of points and yards on them pretty regularly outside of the 2016 TNF road game


Atlanta's D has been a lot better than Carolina's over the past 5 weeks
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LSUZombie
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
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I don't have the best feeling about this game - I think we win, but Atlanta's defense is a lot softer than Carolina's defense.


We've scored 30+ points in both games we played Carolina. Atlanta's defense gives us fits. Carolina doesn't have the speed on D that Atlanta does.


WicKed WayZ
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
I also don't see Atlanta being able to keep up with LA



And I doubt we would knock off Minnesota in the Divisional. MAYBE in the Championship but not Divisional


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Lexman1
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
I think everyone should put Minnesota plans on hold. The odds of beating Carolina three times in the same season with our current defense are slim to none. In fact, I see no way the Saints make it to the divisional round. Injuries to key players have killed our chances. Very proud of the guys for winning the division, but they are not at full strength by a long shot!


LSUZombie
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
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The odds of beating Carolina three times in the same season with our current defense are slim to none


Only the hottest of hot takes!


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CocoLoco
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
Bet then. You’re out of your fricking mind


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TheMidasTouch
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
Atlanta will beat the Rams and play Philly. We will win and play the Vikings.


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windshieldman
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
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I'd also much rather face Cam and Olsen than Ryan, Freeman and Julio. Lattimore will shut down Funchess and if we play the run well then all they will have is Olsen. Olsen alone isn't enough to beat us. Not in the Dome. I fully expect us to come out pissed off too because of the Tampa loss


Julio and Jones are the only players on Falcons I worry about. Panthers have a good D, I agree their WRs suck. To me it's a wash who I would have rather played. We would curb stomp the Falcons in the dome during the playoffs.


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WaterLink
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
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Injuries to key players have killed our chances


Dude Carolina has just as many injuries as us. We're at home. We've owned them both times this season. They haven't looked good the past few weeks either. If there's one team in the playoffs I absolutely know we can beat it's them. The whole "hard to beat them 3 times" thing is proven bull shite.


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diat150
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
frick that. I want atlanta in the dome.


BTRDD
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
Saints defense is a shell of what it was in mid season with so many players on IR. Offense isn't getting it done with only two productive receiver and absolutely no TE threat.


St Jean The Baptiste
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re: The "We Have to Play Minnesota Sometime" Argument
The team that has won the first two games against one opponent has a record of 13-7, but I wonder what the records are of teams who received a first round bye? If I had to bet, I would say it is a winning percentage higher than 65 percent.



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