Hey-o Hoi Polloi! We’re pretty stoked about this weekend and we don’t want to delay it anymore. The four “best” teams are coming off a bye week and are looking to get back out on the field. Before they do though let’s get everyone caught up. After all that work last week everyone went 2-2. Pretty disappointing actually. With the even scores, Andrew leads with 67 and 33, Greg’s in second with 64 and 66, and Genesis remains close with 63 and 37.
Both top seeded teams are entering the playoffs on losing streaks, the Colts with two and the Saints with three…that’s good right?
Saturday, Jan. 16 4:30 PM:
Arizona Cardinals AT New Orleans Saints – The Cardinals are coming off the highest scoring game in league history, led by Kurt Warner who had more touchdowns (five) than incompletion (four). Although the game became a defense-lacking, pass-crazy, shoot out, it’s important to note that the Cardinals held Aaron Rodgers to just 2 yards in the first quarter and only ten points in the first half. Even though it was Arizona’s defense that allowed Green Bay to stay in the game, it was also Arizona’s defense that forced the team with the least amount of turnovers during the season to cough up the ball three times, ultimately costing Green Bay the game. The Saints are on a three game losing streak, two of which the Saints were legitimately trying to win. The Saints were noticeably banged up at the ended of the season and desperately needed this time off. Remember when they were unbeaten?
Andrew’s pick - Arizona Cardinals – I’m not comfortable with this pick, but here’s the thing. Gregg Williams is a blitz happy defensive coordinator. Kurt Warner’s upbringing is in Arena Football which means the ball is out of his hands fast and can handle the blitz better than anyone else. Unless, the Saints defense steps up and jam the receivers (take them off rhythm not trying to disrupt Kurt Warner) then the powerful Arizona Cardinals will be able to match the Saints points for points.
Greg’s Pick – New Orleans Saints – There’s a reason that the Saints rolled over almost every team this season. Their offense is amazing. They will have it back in line. With the injury to Boldin (and he’ll be extremely limited in play), I don’t expect the Cardinals to be able to keep up. I also don’t see the Saints winning next week…
Gen’s Pick – New Orleans Saints. Late to the party, I see. Saints have been on a roll this entire season and I doubt that time off has cooled them down.