OK, it’s time to count our chickens before they hatch. I’m hoping the New England Patriots vs New Orleans Saints game lives up to it’s billing. I think it will. Here’s the scenario: The New England Patriots have been crowned the elite team of the NFL for several years now. And justifiably so. The Patriots have won the Super Bowl enough times to deserve recognition. They’ve been the only team in the NFL to go undefeated in the regular season since the Miami Dolphins in 72. Now though, New England is in a position of having to prove itself all over again. The Patriots are 6-3, and reeling from a controversial loss to their arch-rival nemesis the Indianapolis Colts. They’ll have to get their revenge on the New York Jets, then travel to the Crescent City to play what should be an undefeated New Orleans Saints team. It’s just the kind of stage Tom Brady has thrived on during his career.
For the New Orleans Saints, it’s a chance to beat an NFL team featuring one of the best quarterbacks in history, and a coach who’s probably headed for the Hall of Fame along with that quarterback. Belichick is considered a mastermind, a title Saints Head Coach Sean Payton certainly is building toward. There’s going to be a lot riding on this game and I’m counting on this contest to be one of the best of the year.Eric Drouant