In their previous victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans won the Lombardi Trophy, went to Disney World and had a parade held in their honor. Apparently they were expecting more accolades after last week's 62-7 beatdown of the Indianpolis Colts. No,t to try to bring down the bull of a running back that is the St. Louis Rams Steven Jackson. But the 2011 Peyton-less Colts hardly resemble their 2009 AFC Championship squad, and the Saints don't appear to be quite matching up to their 2009 Championship form either. Perhaps the inspired play by Jackson and the rest of the Rams was motivated by a case of city sibling rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals who had just come off of a World Series Championship, and were honored in the Edward R. Jones Dome prior to kickoff. Whatever the case, the only Saint worth honoring on this All Saints-Day was Louis (strictly sports speaking of course). Still loyal to the Black & Gold though.
Here is more from Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune describing as what he saw as the worst performance of the Sean Payton era:
Shocking would be an apt description for what took place. No one saw this coming. The Rams hadn't won a game all season. The Saints were coming off an epic 62-7 shellacking of the Colts. The question coming into this game wasn't if the Saints would win, but if they would run up the score as they mercilessly did to the Colts a week ago.
Maybe the Rams were motivated by NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin's prediction that the Saints would hang 60 points on them.
Maybe they were inspired by the presence of so many St. Louis Cardinals players, who received a rousing round of applause from the crowd when they were honored as World Series champions during the first quarter.
Whatever the reason, the Rams (1-6) played with more fire, energy and effort than the Saints (5-3) and outplayed them in every phase. The Rams dominated and deserved to win.
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