November 5th, 2009
By John David Mercer, US Presswire
“The reason it’s premature is that we haven’t hit the halfway point in
the season yet,” said Saints coach Sean Payton, with a short week to
prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers. “Each
week, we get another challenge…But you know what? We are so much locked into this one-game-at-a-time (mind-set), not letting this undefeated thing get to us. It’s all about the next opponent. They only get tougher. We’re going to make sure we’re ready.”
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“The truth is, athletics overflows with bravado, false and justified. Football, probably more than any sport, is built on machismo. The day when a team doesn’t believe it can enforce its will upon an opponent probably is going to be a long day, because the game exponentially is more about the forcing of will rather than the practice of deception.
Think about it: In defeat, players are more likely to blame themselves than to credit the opponent.
Just as Giants and Dolphins players this season wouldn’t just ladle credit all over the Saints in lopsided losses, and offered that they’re own mistakes did as much damage as did New Orleans’ execution, Saints players in past – less successful – seasons haven’t rushed to heap praise on the opposition when they were on the bottom side of some of the punishment the 2009 team is administering.”
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“Their astonishing season isn’t a mirage, but a reality for a franchise suddenly transforming into a Super Bowl contender, having the necessary ingredients to finally present splendor in a town that witnessed countless afflictions.
Today, the Saints are marching in, beating anyone stepping in front. That’s good vibes given the poor history, which staged negligence when lacking in victories, a category describing New Orleans as a joke in a sport that has emerged into America’s premier sport.
But today, they’re recognized for their dominance. They possess a driven mindset aiming for perfection, which would label the Saints as interesting competitors. And surely, no one has forgotten the devastating disaster, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed spirit.”
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“For many, it seems like the Saints are unstoppable this season, and are inevitably headed to their first Super Bowl appearance…or possibly even a Super Bowl victory.
I’ll admit it; even though I myself am a Packers fan by trade and have only seen a handful of Saints games on television in my entire life, I’m excited about them so far this year. I’ve always been one to root for the underdog (unless they’re the Bears or Vikings) in games that don’t directly affect my native team, including playoff games, and would love to see the Saints in the Super Bowl this year.”
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“Well, who knows what this team might accomplish this season?
Yeah, we know. These are the Saints. A gifted bunch of Saints, with explosive players throughout their offense and with a defense that terrorizes foes at crucial times, but the Saints nonetheless. In the end, they’ll likely continue to sit with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions as the only NFL teams never to reach a Super Bowl.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pull for the Saints, because they are playing another season for themselves and everybody else.”
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“The Saints have beaten the Eagles, Jets, Giants, Dolphins, and Falcons each by an average of 16.2 points.
All of this, combined with the easiest remaining schedule in the league, has people locally and nationally whispering about the possibility of perfection.
But if the Saints don’t reverse a few recent trends, then New Orleans may see its unblemished record become scarred this weekend against the Carolina Panthers.”
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“The Texans could easily be 7-1, by the way. They fumbled on the goal line with a chance to send the game into overtime against Jacksonville, then got stopped on downs at Arizona in the final seconds from the 1-yard line.
How big would this be if they won those two? As it is, it’s plenty big. In fact, it’s the Game of the Week, based on the victories.”
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