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Three players, including all-pros Troy Polamalu and Adrian Peterson, got major contract extensions on Saturday. Peterson agreed to an extension with the Vikings that includes $36 million in guaranteed money and as much as $100 million over the next seven years if he plays that long with Minnesota.

Sproles is exactly what the Saints hoped for when they signed him. He is a great fit in the offense, and a new toy for head coach Sean Payton to utilize. The jury is still out on whether Bush can handle a” work horse” load with the Dolphins, but for the Saints it’s no looking back with Sproles now on board.

The Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers combined for 67 regular season wins and two Super Bowls over the last two seasons. Throw in the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings twice and another game with the Packers – it was clear that it wasn’t going to be easy to repeat as NFC North and NFC Conference Champions.

Ingram and Thomas are every bit as talented, as explosive, as Green Bay’s James Starks and Ryan Grant, who we watched Thursday. On a 17-yard waltz into the end zone, Starks saw gobs of open space. On a do-or-die leap, Ingram saw nothing but green jerseys. Payton’s offensive line is some distance away from creating the kind of daylight, the seams, that give a rhythm to a running game. In football, the horses need blockers.

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