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Old 10-04-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Not a must win for the Saints, but a must win for Fan Sanity

By no means from a football standpoint is this a must win for the Saints.

But, for our own fan sanity, this is about as must win as they come.

Can you imagine what the national talking heads are going to say if they lose this game? The anti-Saints media national media establishment has been kept under control for the most part in these first 4 games, but coming into this game, they are starting to emerge (only 1 road game so far, and almost lost to hapless Tampa in said game, blah blah blah)

The press is just waiting to declare this team overrated and unable to win on the road. If they don't beat the Bears, these guys are going to just unload in droves on the team, saying things like they were easily the worst 4-0 team, that this meaningless start and that meaningless stat indicates they will miss the playoffs, that Atlanta is still the best team in the division and Carolina may even be better, etc. etc. etc.

I try not to listen to it, but it bothers the heck out of me and I know it bothers most people here.

I just cringe about what will be said if they lose. Thankfully, Sean Payton does a great job in getting the players to filter out noise, but it's gonna be painful for us to have to hear it all.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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I have a hard time getting worked up about what the media say about our team. I have my own ideas about us, and the other teams in the league and I study the numbers as much as the "experts." So, I don't share your concern on that level.

But I agree with your thrust.

Where fan sanity has another stake in this game is Soldier Field. This regime has never won there and they need to get this done this week so we can move past that as a franchise.

The truth is a loss here is a setback and probably cuts by 1/3 our chances at the 1 seed in the NFC, especially since we still have 4 or 5 tougher games this season.
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The truth is a loss here is a setback and probably cuts by 1/3 our chances at the 1 seed in the NFC, especially since we still have 4 or 5 tougher games this season.
This is the reality of the situation and why this game is important. What a bunch of so-called experts on TV say about us has zero impact on our season. On the other hand if we run through Chicago, New England and Seattle unbeaten, I think it's clear who the #1 seed is in the NFC.
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yup. talking heads are just that. talking heads. We know what's up.. if you don't, spending some time on this message board can be a good indicator of what's up. Sure it might be fun to hear the talking heads sing Saints praises, and not much fun otherwise. Sure it will be very nice to beat the Bears in Chicago and a bummer if we don't.
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Every game is a must win until you have the #1 seed locked. Then it is a matter of staying healthy for the playoffs, where obviously every game is a must win.
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Every game is a must win until you have the #1 seed locked. Then it is a matter of staying healthy for the playoffs, where obviously every game is a must win.
Exactly! Anyone who thinks otherwise is only fooling themselves.
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Not a must win?!?! This is a NFC foe here. They only time is say it's not as big of a game is when we are playing an AFC team but we would still have to win them until we are in the final run of seeding in the playoffs. Trust me this is a must win for the who dat nation and for the furture playoff picture. Only thing second to winning the division is winning out in the conference for seeding purposes.

I say saints keep their heads in the game a pull a W this week. We have a younger D with pressure. We all know what Cutler does when he in under pressure.
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As long as the Seahawks are undefeated, it's a must win
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Anybody saying it's a must win game doesn't understand the meaning of the word "must".
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a must win for the power rankings.
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Of our next couple of games... Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle are our "must wins" against likely wildcard/first/second seeds. It's a tough schedule.

But at least we have a chance to gain a tiebreaker against all of those teams.
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well you didn't call it a trap game. I guess every game has to be one or the other. (or there must be a thread about one or the other )

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It absolutely is a must win.
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