When the Saints came out to play the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 NFC divisional playoff game, after losing their last three regular season games, not many people including the media gave the Saints much of a chance.
But Saints coach Sean Payton had a message for his players. BRING THE WOOD.
The message was inscribed onto a bat that RB Reggie Bush carried with him from the locker room to the sideline, and his play on the field showed he took the message personnel and had the best day of his career.
The Saints are going into frigid M & T bank Stadium this Sunday to face a Baltimore Ravens team that is 9 and 4 coming off of an OT victory against the Houston Texans on Monday night in Houston.
Baltimore’s defense allowed the Texans to score 21 unanswered points in the second half and force overtime which seems to be a theme with the Ravens this season, in the last 4 games they have not scored a second half offensive touchdown and had to hang on to win.
The Saints are coming off of their 6th straight victory by beating the St Louis Rams 31 to 13 in the Louisiana Super dome and the offensive passing game is thriving and never looked better.
Chris Ivory still leads the team in rushing and touchdowns but with the return of the regular starters from the 2009 season, running backs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, the Saints backfield will be explosive.
The temperature at game time is expected to be around 36 degrees with some snow flurries so having a running game is very important. The Saints have the type of players that can play in any weather which they proved playing in Cincinnati in week 12.
The Ravens record against the New Orleans Saints since 2006 is 3 and 1 with the Ravens winning the last game in the Super dome in 2006 by a score of 35 to 22, however the Saints won the last meeting at M & T Stadium.
The Saints defense is starting to come into it’s own, starting to gel, and look like the unit from last year’s bend but don’t break defensive attitude and the secondary is starting to get more turnovers and the offense is picking up speed.
The Saints are very capable of winning every game left on their schedule starting Sunday against the Ravens, but like coach Payton likes to say lets take it one game at a time.
Bringing the wood is all it’s going to take to complete the task that the New Orlean Saints set to do the beginning of the 2010 season, repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
Who Dat believes in them Saints, WE DO GEAUX SAINTS!
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