Trap game: Saints try to avoid letdown
Having achieved a signature franchise moment with a Monday night win over the high and mighty New England
A December trap game.
At 11-0 for the first time in club history, the
And for good reason. The
New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams gets to unleash nearly two years’ worth of fury, avenging his dismissal from Washington when he thought he was in line to become head coach after Joe Gibbs retired in January 2008.
Besides, there’s no way around it: For the
“Just to get a win against any team would be great,” Washington running back
Weaknesses? OK, the
But that’s about like saying the Mona Lisa has a tiny smudge somewhere near the edge. The overwhelming fact is the
“We’re playing good, but we need to play great,” Washington safety
“The leadership on this team is kind of too good for us to kind of take a little bit of a lull and become complacent and not look at this game as our next big game – because it is,” said New Orleans safety
Besides, it takes just one slip-up to ruin a shot at 16-0.
“If we can get an undefeated season and then attain that goal of winning it all,” Sharper said, “you know, if you ever talk about the perfect story, that would definitely be it.”
Coach Sean Payton has been telling his players not to “eat the cheese,” his way of advising them to guard against the hype. Asked what an unbeaten season would mean, he treated the question as if it were a hunk of cheddar sitting on a mousetrap.
“I don’t know where it fits in for us,” Payton said. “It’s not at the top of the list as much as winning this week’s game in Washington.”
This week certainly is at the top of the list for Williams, the fiery assistant who was in charge of the
“Any wrath he might have, he’ll want to unleash this Sunday,” New Orleans linebacker