Schedules tell different stories for Ravens, Saints; what to watch for
Three things on my mind entering the line-of-demarcation week of the 2009 NFL season:
When Baltimore beat Denver 30-7 on Sunday, a couple of things were evident: The Ravens are mixing up their blitzes better to try to get more pressure on the quarterback, so they can cover up their deficiencies at cornerback.
Also, the Ravens' 2008 draft is panning out superbly.
I think the Saints are the best team in football, and I understand the Saints have the easiest schedule down the stretch -- they face only three tough teams (New England and Dallas at home, Atlanta on the road). But the Saints, to me, don't pass the smell test of a 16-0 team, at least right now. Two weeks ago, New Orleans was down 24-3 to a decent Miami team. If the Saints get to 11-0, then we'll talk ... because then they'll have beaten the Patriots, and will have only two serious challenges the rest of the way. By the way, New England's margin of victory after eight perfect weeks of 2007: 26.4. New Orleans' margin through eight weeks: 17.0.
Schaub is playing in rarefied air through eight games -- in the
With the run game struggling, it's going to fall to Schaub. Houston didn't trade two second-round picks and give Schaub $8 million a year so he could play close games. They got him and
I'm not a big fan of this line because of what we saw last week in Arizona. The Cards were coming off a bruising win at the Giants, bruising in that the Giants couldn't get their vaunted running game going to win it. Now, if I were Saints defensive coordinator