Friday, November 7, 2008

Best of the Saints Game Preview: Week 10 @ Atlanta

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 10:18 PM

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All photos by Jonathan Bachman

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In which I take all the best news, quotes, pictures and everything else Saints-related toss it together and serve it up for our readers. This week we’ll be tackling the Saints (4–4) week 10 matchup against the Falcons in the Georgia (not to be confused with "Super") Dome in Atlanta. It's a fight to go from dead last in the division to tied for last in division with a win. So strap in, hit the jump and get ready for some football talk.

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  • Best Reason to Care About this Game: With just eight games left in the regular season, every single one counts (not that the first 8 games didn't count, but you know what I mean). Moreover, this is a division game against a team no one thought would be in the position that they're in. Seriously, who could have predicted that the Falcons would be a game better than the Saints right now?

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  • Best Quote of the Week: "I want a recount!" – Tight end Jeremy Shockey talking about the 2008 presidential election. Funny enough, one of those is underway and it involves a former SNL writer.
  • Best Place to Watch the Game: For all intents and purposes, this is a must-win for the Saints. If they lose, they drop to 4–5 and would have to win six of their last seven games to even have a chance at making the playoffs. When you're in a desperate mood, go to a desperate place: Ms. Mae's is as low as they go.
  • Best Game-Related Storyline to Follow: Just who the hell does this Matt Ryan character think he is, anyway? A rookie quarterback in the NFL shouldn't be putting up the numbers that he has been. Conventional wisdom says that blitzing him early and often will confuse the rook into making mistakes. So far, that hasn't been the case. Also, the Saints secondary has looked porous on numerous occasions, it won't help their pride if they're lit up by a fresh face from Boston College.

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  • Best Non-Game-Related Storyline to Follow: After the Oakland Raiders put cornerback DeAngelo Hall (formerly of the Falcons) on waivers there was a call by Saints fans and some media pundits for New Orleans to sign him to a contract. Well, that ship has sailed as Hall decided to sign a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins. But the fact that so many were so eager to say Hall would actually be an improvement to the Saints secondary says a lot about the confidence people are putting in their current defensive backs. Especially when you consider what Matt Ryan and Drew Brees were able to do to the Oakland secondary.
  • Best Random Piece of Saints Merchandise: "Saints Vinyl Face Decorations" Um...what? First off, my impression was that these were called "eye blacks". Secondly, why on God's green earth would a fan need them? To block out the harsh sun in the Superdome? Thirdly, they're made out of freakin' vinyl. Isn't that the same material that they make house siding out of?

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  • Best Media Blowhard to Make Fun of: This one comes from the pages of Esquire. On behalf of all Saints fans, I'd just like to say: Mr. Peter Schrager, you're an idiot. Why? Oh, I don't know, maybe because, when talking about the league MVP at this point in the season, you relegated one Drew Brees (Mr. Best-QB-In-The-League) to fourth in the running behind Clinton Portis (understandable), Kurt Warner (confusing) and Jake Delhomme (enraging). Drew Brees is the best quarterback in football, and while that may not merit him the MVP trophy on its own, it sure as hell puts him in a better spot to win it than Jake Delhomme.
  • Best Local Artist to Listen To Before/After the Game: Trombone Shorty. In my humble opinion, this man has the best name out of any local artist (with Walter "Wolfman" Washington coming in at a close second). He's also a great listen when you want sit back on your front porch, sip on a mint julep and reflect on the past Saints' gam. Whether it was a win or a loss, Trombone Shorty always hits the right notes.

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