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I am also tired of hearing that "the Saints were lucky last year too".

There is no question that Atlanta has been unusually lucky. Things have gone their way far more than they statistically should. However, good teams capitolize on lucky breaks.

Bad teams simply don't go 9-2. I can argue that they should be no greater than 7-4 with all of the bad calls but the bottom line is that they have the team it takes to win the games and they are winning them.

We were NOT lucky last year, what we were was head and shoulders better than EVERYBODY else. The ONLY reason games were close last year was due to injuries. You can say that the Darren Sharper pick 6 in Miami and the Redskins missing the game-icing field goal were lucky and I am not gonna argue that but you are talking about 2 plays over 6 games.

Finally our average margin of victory last year was something like 14 points. You don't average a double-digit margin of victory by being lucky. Ridiculous.

Saints-45 27-Lions........... +18
Saints-48 22-Eagles..........+26
Saints-27 7-Bills...............+20
Saints-24 10-Jets.............+14
Saints-48 27-Giants..........+21
Saints -46 34-Dolphins......+12 (could have been 14-15 with a failed 2pt conversion and a missed xp)
Saints-35 27-Falcons........+8
Saints -30 20-Panthers.....+10
Saints-28 23-Rams...........+5
Saints-38 7-Bucs.............+31
Saints-38 17-Patriots.......+21
Saints-33 30-Redskins.......+3
Saints-26 23-Falcons........+3
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PLAYOFFS
Avg margin of victory in the regular season 14.38

Divisional
Saints-45 14 Cardinals...............+31

NFCCG
Saints-31 28-Vikings..................+3

SUPERBOWL
Saints-31 17-Colts...................+14

Avg margin of victory in playoffs +16

So when the level of competition went up (in the playoffs) so did our avg margin of victory. We were a great team last year.