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Gus Kattengell’s Saints Report: Rams Game

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Well it’s another scrimmage game for the New Orleans Saints this weekend as they face their second straight winless team in the St. Louis Rams at noon on Sunday.

The Saints are coming off of a 62-7 win against the Colts in the Superdome, while the Rams are coming off of a 34-7 loss to Dallas. Saints head coach Sean Payton says there is a natural tendency to look at winless teams and think, this will be easy. It’s getting past that and being game ready that is the challenge, one he thinks his team is capable of passing.

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The Saints offense have outscored their opponents by 81 points, second best in the NFL, the Rams are an NFL-worst minus 115. St. Louis is also the worst in the NFL in stopping the run, last week they gave up 253 yards to DeMarco Murray.
So who will be the lucky man calling the plays into to Drew Brees this week? Head coach Sean Payton watching really last week, as offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. called every play last week, and likely will do so again this week. Saints QB Drew Brees tells us, just because fans and media may not know who Pete is, he and Sean do.

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Something else to look for on Sunday is if the defense can play like last week, in creating turnovers. A couple of picks, a fumble recovery, indeed the Saints defense took the ball away and gave the Saints offense extra chances to put points on the board. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma says it was going back to what made the defense good in 2009 that was the difference last week.

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Expect running back Mark Ingram to sit out this week with a bruised heel, allowing running back Chris Ivory to see his first action of the season. Pierre Thomas this week saying that there has been no difference this week at practice with Ivory stepping in for Ingram, who adds that the team has a philosophy of having players step up when guys go down.

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Bottom line Sunday, the Saints shouldn’t have a tough time in this one. All week the players and coaches have one goal in mind, and that is get this game over with in the first half. Tampa Bay and at Atlanta loom in the next two weeks before the team’s bye week, picking up those two wins could go a long way in securing an NFC South Division Title.
The Rams will be without star starting QB Sam Bradford as he has a high ankle sprain, plus the St. Louis secondary has been decimated with injuries this season. I don’t see a Colts type game, but it could happen. I’ll go conservative here and say 37-10 Saints.
Kick off Sunday in St. Louis is set for noon! Catch all the action here on 97.3 The Dawg starting at 10am with the pre-game plus your calls and after a Saints win.

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