Strief: Win over Falcons gives Saints control over their own destiny

Zach Strief
November 22, 2018 - 2:45 pm

For the second time in the past 13 years the New Orleans Saints take to the field on a Thanksgiving Thursday.  The last time this happened in 2010, the Saints got a big victory in Dallas.  It’s certainly sweet to win a game that takes place on a holiday.  After all, you have to sacrifice the day with your family to work, and the only thing worse, is losing.  

As sweet as it is to win a holiday game, it would be even sweeter to beat the Atlanta Falcons. Now I know all of you feel a certain way about the Dirty Birds, but let’s not forget that today is a day about reflecting on the things we’re thankful for.  Let’s not talk about any form of disdain we have for the Falcons.  Rather, let’s be thankful for what we have.  

What we have, is an opportunity to knock the Atlanta Falcons out of the race for the NFC South crown.  For that, I’m thankful.  

The Saints have been on a tear for 9 weeks now, breaking off win after win.  But the path to the Super Bowl is far from clear.  The Saints have a gauntlet of a schedule left and that continues today.  The reality is, today is a rivalry game, and with that, we can throw all the records out the window.  With a win today, the Saints will take over the #1 seed in the NFC.  They will control their own destiny in keeping the entire playoff at home, in the dome. That should give the Black & Gold all the motivation they will need.  

It’s a Thanksgiving matchup of the best rivalry in the NFL.  If you have the gift of being in the Superdome today, remember - you’re the 12th man - the team needs you! If you’re joining us from your living room - remember the tradition: turn down your TV & sync up to the broadcast team that knows the Black & Gold best. That’s me and the man, who claims jellied cranberry sauce is the best part of Thanksgiving.  I think that’s odd, but I love him anyway.  I’m talking about Deuce McAllister. Don’t miss a play on the New Orleans Saints radio network.


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