The New Orleans Saints got a real test when they faced the Atlanta Falcons a few weeks ago and claimed a satisfying victory. They will get another against a red hot team in the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.
The term “revenge game” was brought up since seeing the 49ers on the Saints schedule during the offseason but even players like defensive end Cameron Jordan have shied away from calling it exactly that.
Saints fans found a new team to hate when the 49ers dashed the hopes of Who Dat Nation when they eliminated the Saints from moving on to the NFC Championship Game earlier this year. A game mind you that would have been played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Instead Who Dat’s were treated to watching the 49ers, who played almost mistake free against the Saints, commit a series of follies that led to their undoing and the New York Giants move on to win the Super Bowl.
Thoughts of what “could have been” have simmered since January of this year along with footage of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis catching the game winning touchdown against the Saints and then squalling like a baby on the sidelines being played over and over.
Jordan and the others are wise to put the idea of revenge away when they face the 49ers because of the way the 49ers are playing. Though some will think it’s a sacrilege, the 49ers played last year and this year like they are the Saints of 2009. Emotion could be a stumbling block on Sunday if the Saints let it.
Their defense is ranked 2nd overall in the NFL allowing only 292.1 ypg and their passing defense is ranked 3rd with only allowing 196.8 ypg. The 49ers rushing defense didn’t break the Top 5 because they sit at 6th with 94.3 yards allowed on the ground.
They surely looked the part last night against the Chicago Bears offense last night and bottled up any run game they tried to have. Linebacker Aldon Smith had 5.5 sacks on the night as he shredded through the Bears offensive line.
Not saying that the Saints don’t have a chance against the 49ers, but injuries to their offensive line have rookie tackle Bryce Harris currently starting for the injured Zach Strief and Charles Brown.