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Sunday Morning Bloody Mary: Fleur-de-Links Sunday, December 12 - St. Louis Rams @ New Orleans Saints Gameday Edition

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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)
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)
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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.

Rams vs Saints coverage

Rams vs Saints preview

Turf Show Times


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!!
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 ...
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.
reggie_bush Just finished decorating my christmas tree. What do you guys think?
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 ...
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 |
Brian Allee-Walsh

New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams: Inside the game |
James Varney - Breaking down today's NFC matchup at the Superdome

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams eyes his prize: 1-yard behind the center |
James Varney

Saints look for edge against Bradford, Rams |
Jim Mashek

Must win? Probably so |
Sheldon Mickles

Rams Rumblings

Rams have nothing to lose vs. Saints |
Bernie Miklasz

Seven things to watch in Rams-Saints game |
Staff story.

Turnover Turnaround Key for Rams |
Nick Wagoner

Rams vs. Saints: The Series |
Bill Coats

Rams vs. Saints: The coordinators |
Bill Coats - Quotes from the Rams OC and DC.


Chris Ivory's rise to New Orleans Saints' lead-back status welcomed |
Jeff Duncan - He's team's most physical, dynamic runner since Deuce McAllister.

New Orleans Saints special teams coach concedes errors at Cincy; defends team's kickoff returns |
James Varney

Illustrated look at the New Orleans Saints offense performed last week |
Dan Swenson - Feelin' the Brees graphic.

New LBs Hope to Provde Depth to Talented Defense |
Alex Restrepo

New Orleans Saints face St. Louis Rams in potential playoff preview |
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 |
Peter Finney- Jeff Duncan's book about ride from shame to Super Bowl glory.

State lawmaker urges Tom Benson to keep Saints playing amid NFL contract negotiations |
Staff Report.

NFL Week 14 score predictions by Times-Picayune's expert panel |
Mike Triplett remains in first place.

This Week in the NFL |
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 |
AP story - Delay gives Brett Favre another day to heal.

New Orleans Saints trio highlights state Hall of Fame inductions |
Ted Lewis - Morten Andersen, Vaughan Johnson, Buford Jordan to be honored today.

V-Roll Roll Call

Saints Vlog: December 11 - Ram Tough Preview |
Brian Allee-Walsh previews the Saints-Rams tilt set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Superdome.