They need a win. Bad. They both do, but one team will walk away with it and the other will walk off the field with a 0-3 record. Having lost a total of just three games all of the 2011 season, and not starting a season 0-2 since 2007, the New Orleans Saints look to end their losing streak this week. “I would have never expected to be 0-2,” Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer said. “We are not used to being 0-and-anything. This is a winning organization. It has been a winning organization, and we are going to take it back to that.”
Back in Dome territory, Brees and the Saints are looking to gain back their confidence at home and plan on doing so by putting up strong numbers against a lackluster defense that has lost each game so far this season by at least 16 points. Compare those numbers to the Saints, who have ended games just 8 points under against both opponents so far this season, and the battle of defenses appears to go to the Saints. With the defensive showing of both the Saints and the Chiefs, however, being the best of the two will only take you but so far in the league this season. As in the matchups for these teams so far this season, this game will look to have a highly offensive tempo, particularly as Brees looks to redeem himself and reputation with the accuracy of his passing game, something the Chiefs have little reputation against. Although, having seen how the Chiefs responded to the running game of the Buffalo Bills last week, the Saints look to have a strong offensive advantage no matter how they plan on moving the ball. New Orleans looks to take charge of the game early – take the lead and keep it – rather than struggling from behind as they have so far in the 2012 season, and if this is done successfully then the come-from-behind mentality, and the losing streak, will end.
A lot, a lot, rests on today. Last season teams knew walking into the Superdome that they were in Saints country… and out of their league. The first game played there this season let the intimidation factor slip, but look for the Saints to reinstate their dominance at home against the Saints. As Kromer noted earlier, the Saints are “a winning organization” and they are about to remind all of us why.
About the Author
Written by Heather Ireland
Having worked in Div. I operations for both football and men's basketball, my love of sports is not isolated to that of NCAA competition. An avid sports fan and competitor, I follow the NFL and NCAA basketball closely, and embrace the opportunity to combine my loves of sports and writing into one.