Keys to the Game: Falcons vs. Saints

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X-Factor

Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s just remember last season for a second. After all of the Bounty Gate garbage, suspensions, appeals, coaching changes, and whatever else you want to throw in there, the emotions were at an all time high against the Redskins. The crowd was amped, Jonathan Vilma lead the ‘Who Dat’ chant, and we were ready to go against everyone. Sadly, the game didn’t end up like anyone wanted, and thus RGIII was ‘born’.

The emotions this season are arguably even higher, if you can believe that. A year removed, all the time in the world to think, plot, and strategize, this decision is almost a no brainer, my X-Factor is Sean Payton.

You see Sean’s team Sunday, his playcalling, his discipline, his ongoing coaching, and best of all, the return of Juicy Fruit. You can talk about players all you want, but this is the single most focal point of Sunday.

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