Well, kinda. Actually mostly. The 506 map reveals that 90% of the USA will be watching (well at least able to watch) the Saints
Sunday late game. That, hopefully, bodes well for us as the Saints have been awesome on MNF and also when playing Sunday PM and any other time (mostly) under the spotlight. What I mean is this is prime time and this is prime territory for the Saints to bring it on. This is NOT where they usually underperform- like when they are heavily favored or expected to win. (Except some playoff games on the road) Especially at home, they usually do well. I know they have lost some games they were expected to win but, not many and especially not many under the spotlight when they have all receivers and all RBs available for duty. Let's hope Strief will play too. Let's cheer on this potent offense.
Don't get me wrong. This is going to be the toughest game of the season for the Saints, most likely. SF is very tough and is playing well. I really have them as the # 2 seed of all teams NFL. But, I think the home field advantage will help a lot- SF plays well in their home location which is a tough transition for most teams to adapt to. But, if any team can beat the 49ers we can. Espoecially at home. Especially after last year. Especially with Chris Ivory
and Mark Ingram
who didn't play last year who we will need to lead the way by being very physical. Their play will be crucial.
Also, this could be Jonathan Vilma's
last game of his career, couldn't it? Or next to last? It could be Will Smith's
last game that means anything as a Saint. Couldn't it?
I truly believe the defense has turned a corner. I really don't expect them to be dominant. I don't expect them to shut down SF- although I would venture they could do it for a quarter or so.I do expect them, however, to be just good enough. I do expect Lofton,Vilma,Hawthorne, Casillas, Shanle etal to make enough plays to make a difference. I also feel that some new guys like Cadet, Morgan,Wilson,Patrick White, Mack,Queddus,Bush and others have now got some experience under their belt and have contributed and are reasdy to contribute in a larger way. They need to step up. They already have, but this is bigger.
When it comes down to it, though, the main part of the victory will rest in Brees hands. Yes, Drew Brees
and the veterans that have been with him for years now (mostly) - Colston, PT, Sproles, Moore, Henderson, Thomas, Graham and his protectors- Strief,Bushrod, Evans, DLP,Olsen and Grubbs.
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