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New Orleans Saints: Monday Night Football Is About More Than A Playoff Spot

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IDecember 27, 2010

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Drew Brees #9  of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints are the defending NFC South and Super Bowl champions. 

They've won 10 games this year, which is never easy to do for a team coming off a Super Bowl victory, yet they've received little publicity or media attention. 

Drew Brees hasn't been as efficient as he was last year and the defense isn't causing nearly as many turnovers, but this football team is no joke. 

In fact, they are very much for real, but are still jockeying for the postseason. 

Their NFC South showdown in the Georgia Dome tonight against the Atlanta Falcons will be a fight to get a more advantageous playoff spot or even a chance at a consecutive division crown, but the game means much more than that for the Saints

The balanced Falcons squad has cruised to their 12-2 victory, and after they beat the Saints in the Super Bowl on September 26th in OT, New Orleans has taken the back seat to their upstart NFC South foes. 

The Saints on the other hand, have had more of a rocky road to 10 wins. Puzzling losses to the Cardinals are Browns along with a more turnover-happy offense have led many to believe that the Saints will fall victim to the dreaded Madden curse. 

New Orleans had a chance to prove themselves last week when they visited the Ravens, but costly interceptions and a monster day from Ray Rice led to a 30-24 defeat. 

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Listen, the Saints certainly aren't what they were last year during their magical run, but I think this team can still contend for a second Super Bowl title. 

So does Drew Brees and Co. 

Tonight gives New Orleans another shot at proving their relevance. 

Many have the Falcons penciled in the Super Bowl, given the fact that Matt Ryan has only lost one game in his career at home and that Atlanta has all but wrapped-up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. 

They haven't done it yet, however. 

If the Saints give Ryan his second home loss, it'll send a clear message to the Falcons and the rest of the NFL...

Never count out the New Orleans Saints.

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