There is a saying in France to describe the passionate play of the local rugby teams: le esprit de clocher. Translated, it means “the spirit of the bell tower.” Essentially, it’s the duty of anyone born or living within the sound of the town’s church bells to uphold its glory.
At 4-3, Tampa Bay and Atlanta are just a half-game behind the Saints. And since they defeated the Saints 26-20 in their first meeting on Oct. 16, a New Orleans loss today would leave the Saints a half-game back with Tampa Bay holding the head-to-head tie-breaker edge by virtue of the season sweep.
Matt Forte‘s stalled contract talks with Bears’ front office places his future in Chicago in question, but he harbors no plans to walk out on his team in protest during the season.
Hype. The Saints aren’t usually a team that gets much of it, and even during their 13-3 Superbowl winning season analysts were waiting for the “shoe to drop” in anticipation of them coming crashing back to Earth.