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    WEEK 9 GAME OF THE WEEK
    The Saints are among the hottest teams in the league right now and are riding a four game win streak after starting the season 0-3. However, the Saints meet another teams riding a four game win streak, Philadelphia, that is 6-1 on the season and has been showing signs of being the Super Bowl team that everyone predicted last year.​
    Last Week
    New Orleans had possibly their most impressive performance of the season in a 38-9 win over the Broncos. The Saints' defense held Denver to only 121 yards of offense and held the recently acquired Arian Foster to just 20 yards on 14 carries. Matt Forte had perhaps his best game since coming to New Orleans with 137 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.​
    The Eagles have been in a few tight contests so far this season but last week's 45-7 drubbing of the Falcons was a statement game for this Super Bowl contender. The Philly defense forced three Matt Ryan interceptions and the Eagles' offense complied 376 yards and three touchdowns.​
    Keys to the Game
    The Saints defense is ranked third in the league in yards allowed and sixth in opponent scoring. The defense will need to be on their A game in order to contain Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy. McCoy is currently 6th in the league in rushing and is dangerous as both a runner and a receiver.​
    Michael Vick has been a shell of the player that swooped in for an injured Kevin Kolb in 2010 and won the Eagles' starting quarterback job with a 100.2 QB rating. This year, Vick has an 80.5 QBR and has only nine touchdown passes to go with eight interceptions. If the Saints defense is able to shut down McCoy, Vick will be looked upon to lead the team to a victory.​
    What to Watch
    Third down conversions - The Saints are tied for second in the league in third down efficiency at 50% while the Eagles toil near the bottom of the league at 35%. The Eagles' ability to avoid third downs and Vick's ability to convert them will likely be the difference in this ball game.​
    Line
    Eagles/Saints EVEN O/U 51.5​
    Prediction
    Each of these teams is on a hot streak but the Saints seem to be playing more complete ball at the moment. Jay Cutler has been very efficient lately and Vick has not, so that combined with the Who Dats paying at home gives New Orleans the slight edge in this one.​
    Week 8 Content of the Week
    Corey wins for the second time this season. His Kansas City Chiefs page remains among the most active and most informative. Corey's commitment to his content is much appreciated. You can check out his Chiefs Team Management page here.​
    Week 8 Sim Game of the Week
    Colts 20, Titans 17​
    krtgolfing vs CPU​
    While this was a game against the CPU, it was a great display of balance and what a sim game should look like.​
    Team Stats
    Offensive Yards: IND 326, TEN 359​
    Rushing Yards: IND 161, TEN 25​
    Passing Yards: IND 165, TEN 334​
    Individual Leaders

    A. Luck, IND 15-19, 174 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT​
    D. Brown, IND 29 car, 130 yds, 1 TD​
    R. Wayne, IND 4 rec, 34 yds, 8.5 avg​
    D. Avery, IND 4 rec, 35 yds, 8.8 avg​
    C. Fleener, IND 3 rec, 42 yds, 14.0 avg, 1 TD​
    Week 8 Sim Stat Line of the Week
    Jay Cutler, NO Cole Copeland 14-20, 165 yds, 1 TD​

     
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