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Breaking down the upcoming Wild Card game

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Mike and Ed breakdown the Wild Card matchup against the Saints

Offense

  • Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook will play but not at 100% IMO
  • Indoor game and not at primetime
  • Run and Pass should both be possible on this leaky injured defense
  • HAVE TO START FAST
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Special Teams

  • Dan Bailey is on fire
  • Have all the confidence in the world in him for FGs
  • Britton Colquitt will play a big role
  • Field position is MASSIVE
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Defense

  • Have to play their best game of the year
  • They are clicking right now but it has to be even better
  • Eric Kendricks should play
  • Will need him to cover Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook
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  • Cook scares me the most because he’s extremely athletic and has been clicking with Drew Brees of late
  • Maybe we’ll see the Xavier Rhodes of old. Michael Thomas should bring out the best in him for a 1on1 matchup
  • Try to get pressure - get those hands up
  • Tipping the quick passes could lead to TOs
  • Make Brees uncomfortable
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  • He’s old / not nimble / could get jumpy if we can hit him hard early

Coaching

  • Stefanski needs to have his best game ever. The scheme needs to be right - cannot have the Chicago / GB bullshit.
  • Zim needs to focus his defense and bring out all the stops. Unique blitzes and trick plays. Leave it all on the field.
  • Be ready for anything from Payton. Always be ready for fake punts / kicks.
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NO Preview

  • They’ve won 6 of their last 7 and are averaging over 36 ppg in those games
  • Only loss was 46-48 in the game of the year to SF
  • Ran for over 100 in 6 of 7 (95 in the other)
  • Kamara having a down season - but gaining confidence at the right time
  • Brees playing at elite level - only sacked 12 times
  • 8 of those in ATL/LAR losses (0 sacks in SF game)
  • Only 4 INTs
  • Elite completion percentage at 74.3%
  • Michael Thomas - 149 catches - 3rd shallowest catch depth in the NFL
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Predictions

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