The Saints are 13-0 and well on their way to capturing home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys are 8-5 and looking for their first win in December after losing to the Chargers 20-17 in Dallas.
Are the chips falling neatly into place for the Saints to move to 14-0?
"We try not to mention the term 'perfect storm' here in New Orleans," says Reggie Bush. "But playing Dallas in December is almost as sure of a win as playing them in the playoffs. Especially now that Tony Romo is doing the holding on kicks. Of course, they say things are bigger in Texas. With the Cowboys in town, New Orleans just got bigger, and easier."
"And I'm sure the Cowboys won't feel quite as home in the primitive Superdome as they do in the luxurious confines of Cowboys Stadium. Heck, you could view the huge video screen in 3D last week. You won't see three 'Ds' in the Superdome, although you most likely will see three 'Ls.'"
Right now, Dallas holds the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, but that position will be hard to maintain considering their remaining schedule. After their date in New Orleans, Dallas goes to Washington then closes out the year by hosting the Eagles.
"We've got a chance to make history," says Wade Phillips, "by surprising people. The game against Philadelphia will be crucial. That's a winnable game. Heck, it's in January ."
"As for me, all I'm asking for is a little respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take care, TCB. Realistically, though, with our December history, I should be singing 'D-E-F-E-A-T-S. Take care, J-O-B. If we don't make the playoffs, Jerry Jones may sock it to me by giving me the boot."
Saints win, 34-23 and remain undefeated. In Roy Williams' alternate reality world of "should haves," Dallas is undefeated, and December has been stricken from the calendar.
Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.