It is the time of year when Saints fans have grown accustomed to looking forward to the NFL Playoffs. The past few seasons have seen the Saints with playoff aspirations clinched or within clinching distance by Mid December. This year those aspirations might just be pipe dreams.
Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome there will be plenty of story lines to follow. The New Orleans Saints will try and pick up their first win of the season under the watchful eye of head coach Sean Payton. Saints quarterback Drew Brees can break a record held by Johnny Unitas for over 50 years are just two of the more important ones.
Apparently when Drew Brees talks, the NFL listens.
The Saints quarterback requested permission for Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt to attend Sunday night's game against San Diego and the NFL has granted that request. Now the trio will be able to be on hand at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as Brees attempts to break the late Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The two are currently tied at 47 games.
With the recent decision from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to levy a fine of $500,000 on the team, as well as suspend Sean Payton for one year and Mickey Loomis for eight games, it's got a lot of people talking
By now you've probably heard that the NFL came down hard on the New Orleans Saints due to "Bounty Gate". Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was canned indefinitely along with current assistant coach Joe Vitt who was suspended for 6 games. The team was also fined $500,000 and had two 2nd round picks yanked from them.
It is a battle of 13 win teams Saturday as the Saints take on the 49ers in San Francisco.
At Saints camp this week, the Black and Gold were quick to point out that they respect the 49ers, especially their defense. San Fran is tops in the NFL in stopping the run and tops in the NFL in takeaways.
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