Sgt. Largent wrote:
By that reasoning, here is a list of other teams that are not good:
Green Bay (lost to Indy 30-27; despite the 6-4 record, Indy is a bad team that does only one thing well... generate yards on offense)
New England (lost to Arizona 20-18, at home no less)
Baltimore (lost to a bad Philly team)
Pittsburgh (lost to Oakland and Tennessee, even before they lost Roethlisberger)
New York Giants (also lost to Philly)
Atlanta (lost to New Orleans, a team that can't play defense and lost to Washington on their own field)
Miami is nowhere close to the quality that these teams were early on in the season (save for maybe Oakland), which is when most of these "bad" teams beat the better teams.........and NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE wants to play the Saints right now.
I still stand by the fact that there's no reason we shouldn't go into Miami after the bye week and beat a bad Dolphins team. If the Hawks don't win, it's not a death blow, but it'll say a lot about what our chances are going down to stretch to make the playoffs.
I agree that we should beat Miami. However, I disagree that the outcome of any one game "says a lot" about our team's chances - that is, unless the one game is a game where we can either clinch a playoff spot or be eliminated from the postseason.
Dom said it best earlier... teams are defined by the entire 16-game season, not by one game here or there where people have expectations about what should occur. New Orleans, as you pointed out, is an excellent example. They were an easy out early in the season, and are a dangerous team right now. Still, they started out 0-4, and I guarantee you there were people on their boards going into that 4th game saying, "This is a game a playoff team wins, no question." They lost to the CHIEFS of all teams - at home. By the assertions that tend to be tossed around here at .NET, there's no way the Saints are a good team. They just can't be because of who they've lost games to and how many they lost in a row.
But see, I don't buy that. I think the Saints are still playoff-caliber, and I think Seattle is playoff-caliber as well. Losing to Miami won't change that... it'll just make getting into the postseason a bit tougher.