Quarterbacks wearing #8 have not had warm receptions by opposing defenses in the Louisiana Superdome. Maybe that trend will continue...? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Let's do this. The St. Louis Rams are in town as we start the final fourth of the season.
Hopes are high for a dominant Saints performance to set the tone for a strong playoff push, but these Rams are going to have something to say about it.
They have already won more games this season than they did in 2007-2009 combined, and they have a rookie QB who's not looking so much like a rookie (maybe we can Ram him into the Rookie Wall today). They also have a defensive line that can bring pressure to the QB.
The last two times we faced the Rams, they took us to the wire in St. Louis (2009) and stunned us at the Dome with their first win after an 0-8 start (2007).
Be sure to vote in the poll and discuss in the comment thread about the matchup you believe is most crucial for us to win today.
Make the jump for all this morning's recommended reading.
HeathEvans Chick-fil-A=the greatest fast food n the world! Wish I could have a milkshake!!! #fb
sharper42 2nd day of Hope for the Holidays build!!http://plixi.com/p/62369855
reggie_bush Saint fans don't forget to bring your toys to tomorrows game for our "Toys for Tots" annual charity drive.
reggie_bush The toys can be dropped off outside the Superdome prior to tomorrow's game! Help the New Orleans Saints make a difference...
jgoody76 Please bring toys to tomorrow's game to drop off for "Toys for Tots" outside the Superdome.
LanceMoore16 What's up #whodats its that time of year. Bring a toy to the dome tomorrow before the game for Toys for Tots. Let's ... http://tmi.me/45MG8
Official_Saints Marines will be outside Superdome collecting toys to distribute to kids in our community - Bring the noise & toys tomorrow Saints fans!
jeffduncantp Signed copies at Garden District Book Shop on Prytania. RT @budsdrinker: coming to nola on tues, where is the best spot you get your book
T_Porter22 Lmao #dead RT @dannyclark55: @JonVilma51Chuckie is the best example of "size doesn't matter"#hesAbeast.
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JonVilma51 Why are they wasting time on espn...giv cam newton his heisman already!.lol
Jmack37 RT @RaheemBrock: I'm still pissed temple didn't get into a bowl game but uconn did!but temple beat uconn!I don't get it!<~~ hated on us
Jmack37 How do you guys see cam newton in the NFL???
LanceMoore16 Congrats to Cam Newton. He was hands down the best college football player in the country this year.
karimarbrown He gets it and Reggie had to give it back! Not fair.
j_bushrod7475 Colossians 3.23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...
reggie_bush Watching Mike Tyson on Larry King Live! Classic interview!
reggie_bush Larry King low key be trying to make people look dumb on his show with his questions! LMAO!
reggie_bush Now following @MikeTyson one of the greatest fighters of all time! The sport just hasn't been the same without him!
T_Porter22 Thx to everyone that followed @Dbastian26, he needed it. But I'm off to bed; got some last min studying n on the ... http://tmi.me/46sY8
T_Porter22 P.S. The hair cut will be n full affect too!
MalcolmJenkins After a Hard week of practice and preparation nothing is more fun than seeing it unfold on Sunday's ...I just thank God for the opportunity
From the Saints Sideline
Saints-Rams Preview: Man called 'Ivy' proves worth | neworleans.com
New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams: Inside the game | NOLA.com
James Varney - Breaking down today's NFC matchup at the Superdome
Must win? Probably so | 2theadvocate.com
Rams have nothing to lose vs. Saints | stltoday.com
Rams vs. Saints: The coordinators | stltoday.com
Bill Coats - Quotes from the Rams OC and DC.
Chris Ivory's rise to New Orleans Saints' lead-back status welcomed | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - He's team's most physical, dynamic runner since Deuce McAllister.
Illustrated look at the New Orleans Saints offense performed last week | NOLA.com
Dan Swenson - Feelin' the Brees graphic.
New Orleans Saints face St. Louis Rams in potential playoff preview | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Team isn't complaining about seedings logistics, it just wants in.
'From Bags to Riches' has essence of New Orleans through the Saints | NOLA.com
Peter Finney- Jeff Duncan's book about ride from shame to Super Bowl glory.
NFL Week 14 score predictions by Times-Picayune's expert panel | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett remains in first place.
This Week in the NFL | 2theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles - Power rankings, Game to Watch, NFL Picks, and local NFL TV schedule.
Snow forces New York Giants to stay in Kansas City; game vs. Vikings postponed | NOLA.com
AP story - Delay gives Brett Favre another day to heal.
New Orleans Saints trio highlights state Hall of Fame inductions | NOLA.com
Ted Lewis - Morten Andersen, Vaughan Johnson, Buford Jordan to be honored today.
V-Roll Roll Call
Saints Vlog: December 11 - Ram Tough Preview | neworleans.com
Brian Allee-Walsh previews the Saints-Rams tilt set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Superdome.
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Which in-game matchup is the MOST CRUCIAL for the Saints to win today in order to claim victory on the scoreboard?
Saints OL vs. Rams DL (19 votes)
Saints rush defense vs. Steven Jackson (37 votes)
GW's pressure packages vs. Sam Bradford (34 votes)
Saints pass defense vs. Rams WRs (7 votes)
Hamburger vs. Veggie Burger (8 votes)
Other (3 votes)
108 total votes