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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Still upset the Saints game wasn't on?

Something certainly is amiss in Saints land. A not-so holy start to the 2007 season has black and gold faithful a bit miffed.
Never fear Saints fans, things might be OK. At least with the offense anyhow. The defense, that's another story.
I have a hard time believing the same offensive unit -- minus the suppposed bad egg Joe Horn -- can go from the league's best to the league's worst.
They'll pick it up. Remember, the first two games weren't exactly easy. The Colts don't lose in September and the Buccaneers, for all the problems on offense, have a darned good defense.
It's not must-win time as owner Tom Benson may tell you. The NFC semifinal game in New Orleans and the NFC Championship Game in Chicago -- those were must wins.
I'd be shocked if the offense didn't respond in a big way next Monday night. The defense? Who knows. They are still the same old brutal unit.
Other NFL observations:
The San Francisco 49ers are pretty good. Yours truly picked them to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl prior to this season. Probably still a bit far-fetched, but hey, the 9ers are contenders in the NFC West.
Pittsburgh's defense is scary. As long as Big Ben doesn't do anything stupid (Rex Grossman read this) the Steelers should be vying for another division.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys have stolen the Saints' magic this year. T.O. is on his best behavior and Marion Barber is the perfect third-down/change-of-pace running back.

Pack it in:
Kansas City -- The worst team in the league.
Atlanta -- Again, no surprise. The Falcons won't win many games, but they will hang with most teams on most weeks.
Miami -- No quarterback, no offense. Haven't heard that before.

Watch out for:
49ers -- Solid defense, emerging offense equals success in NFL.
Houston? Nah. Only because of the division the Texans are in. But they are fun to watch.

Need to turn it around ASAP:
Saints -- offense must be No. 1 again to makeup for horrific defensive unit.
New York football Giants -- Bye bye Tom Coughlin.
Jacksonville -- where or where has Maurice Jones-Drew gone?
New York football Jets -- Well, the Yankees are still alive for another three weeks or so.


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