ESPN Monday Night Football: Patriots vs. Saints

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Saints
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It’s finally here, the matchup of the year. A whole weekend of Thanksgiving full of anticipation has culminated to today. In just about 6 1/2 hours, the Saints will tee it up against the so-called “dynasty of the 21st century; the team the Saints have been saying for 3 years they wanted to emulate. This will be the true measuring stick for the Saints in terms of how good they are.

So many call this game insignificant, unimportant, even an exhibition like game. If you say this, you are completely naive. Some say we’re 10-0. Who cares about this? If you say this you are foolish and if you think this way you are obviously afraid of losing or you are not confident that we are going to pull it out. If you’re scared, stay home and grow crawl under a table. I told you to bring your lunch.

Because deep down, you as well as I know that opportunities like this don’t come around everyday for the Saints, being in the NFC, and this game has the potential to write Drew Brees’s legacy….as well as Sean Payton’s. Keep in mind that it were these types of games that Bill Belechick built up his reputation as an outstanding coach. Tom Brady won 3 Super Bowls and won league MVP playing in these types of games and winning. Drew Brees is tenatively including in Brady and Manning’s company, but if he wants to be there officially, he’ll have to play well here. I’m not saying the Saints have to go undefeated this year, it doesn’t matter. They could lose next week to the Redskins and it wouldn’t hurt anything, except maybe our chances at home field advantage, but if you want to be considered one of the greats, these are the games people are looking at.

So if you want to cross the barrier between average Joe and Superstar, let’s go. But if you want to continue moseying around in medicreville, then go get under your nice warm blanket with your hot chocolate and your sweater and continue to tell yourself this game isn’t important. As for, me, I’ll be in the Dome practically screaming my lungs out on to the guy sitting in front of me.

DO WORK!!!!!!!!!

Statistical Analysis

(from neworleanssaints.com)

MONDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 30, 2009

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-0)

* The Patriots lead the all-time series, 8-3 and have captured the past three meetings between the two teams.
* This will be Head Coach Sean Payton’s first game as a head coach against the Patriots, while New England head Coach Bill Belichick owns a 3-0 all-time record against the Saints.
* Last Game: 11/20/05: Saints 17 at Patriots 24. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 3 TDs & Patriots S Eugene Wilson intercepts pass in end zone as time expires to preserve win.
* Last Game at Site: 10/4/98: Patriots 30, Saints 27. New England K Adam Vinatieri kicks game-winning 27-yard FG with 3 seconds remaining.
* ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden. Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 126 (NE), 125 (NO). XM: 124 (WW1), 103 (NE), 102 (NO). The game can heard regionally on the Saints Radio Network (WWL 870 AM and 105.3 FM locally) with Jim Henderson handling play-by-play, Hokie Gajan serving as color analyst and Kristian Garic reporting from the Saints sidelines. A Spanish language broadcast can be heard on WFNO 830 AM with Emilio Peralta handling play-by-play and Marco Garcia serving as color analyst.

  • The New Orleans Saints enter week 12 of NFL regular season with an unblemished 10-0 record and own a five game lead over their next closest rival, the 5-5 Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.
  • The Saints can clinch the NFC South Division title one of two ways this week:
  • 1) With a Saints win and a loss or tie by the Atlanta Falcons
  • 2) A tie by the Saints and a loss by the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The Saints host the AFC East leading New England Patriots on Monday night, November 30. The Atlanta Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-9) on Sunday at noon central

Game Notes

(from neworleanssaints.com)

SAINTS: Are 10-0 for 1st time in team history. Average 36.9 points per game, most in NFL…QB DREW BREES is 2-0 in career vs. NE with 118.4 rating. Aims for 5th in row on MNF with 300+ yards. Has 1,289 yards (322.3 yards per game) with 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 109.6 rating in past 4 on MNF. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 16,656 pass yards…RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 PR) in 4 games on MNF. RB MIKE BELL rushed for 2 TDs last week. RB PIERRE THOMAS has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 MNF games…WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 4th MNF game in row with TD (4 TDs). WR ROBERT MEACHEM aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 4 TDs in past 3…DE WILL SMITH has 6 sacks in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with sack. Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. S DARREN SHARPER had INT in last game vs. NE. Has 3 INTs (2 INT-TDs) in past 2 vs. AFC. LB JONATHAN VILMA had INT last week & has INT in all 6 NFL seasons.

PATRIOTS: Aim for 7th consecutive win on MNF…Club has won 17 consecutive regular-season games vs. NFC, longest winning streak vs. opposite conference since 1970 merger…Team will make 1st visit to Superdome since SB XXXVI victory (2/3/02). Pats are 5-0 all-time at Superdome, incl. SB win…QB TOM BRADY (29,495) needs 163 passing yards to surpass DREW BLEDSOE (29,657) for most in NE history. Brady is 2-0 vs. NO & has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 129.5 passer rating. Has posted 5 consecutive 300-yard passing games (career-long)…RB LAURENCE MARONEY aims for 6th game in row w/rush TD & needs 1 to surpass career-high (6 in ’06 & ’07)…WR RANDY MOSS aims for 4th consecutive game w/TD vs. NO. WR WES WELKER had career-high 15 rec. last week & aims for 6th consecutive game w/9 or more rec….CB LEIGH BODDEN tied Pats record w/3 INTs last week, incl. 53-yard INT-TD return.

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