OPENING DAY OF A BRAND NEW NFL SEASON!!!
Savour that. Read it over and over and allow yourself to experience the goose bumps it should bring. I hope everyone got good and pumped for tonight's game by watching "America's Game" last night. I know I had a very tough time sleeping after that. Very well done (I am looking forward to the Colts take on it if they follow up with a "Missing Ring" segment).
Like any true Saints fan, I cannot wait to see that banner drop, if they televise that part that is. If not, I can't wait to see the camera's pan up to it. I also can't wait to see the intense looks on the sidelines.
Through all this banter and bullcrap with the Vikings fans, the one overwhelming comment that they hold onto is that they think they were and still are superior to the Saints and that we got oh so lucky last year. Fair enough, their prerogative. What I prefer to think is that while our D did what they were best at, creating "takeaways" (as GW clearly wants his D to take the ball at every opportunity); our typically super potent offense was not as spectacular as normal. So while Vikings fans seem to think/believe that we played to the best of our abilities last year in that game, anyone who watched the Saints all season knows we could have done oh so much better. As a result I feel there is some serious underestimation going on over at the DN. And I hope that after tonight's game any doubt is washed away as to how good this Saints squad will be this year.
With a relatively unchanged offensive side of the ball, my hope is that we see the Saints come out firing on all cylinders. That dominating, deadly offense that can spread the ball around and make anyone on the roster a star of the game.
The Vikings are out to prove something from last season. That is a very bad idea. Last season is over. In the record books. This revenge angle against the Saints, I believe, is a component of why the Vikings will lose tonight. It is very nice they want to avenge their loss. Good on them. Shows some pride in their team. However, from what I see and hear, the Saints are out to show the league - let me restate that - the LEAGUE that they weren't a fluke. They want to be a dynasty. I believe we are on our way to becoming one.
As for tonight's game? I don't want it to be close. I want it to be a bloody slaughter.