Saints understand hot streak means little with a loss Saturday

Saints understand hot streak means little with a loss Saturday

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is tackled by New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson (96) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The Saints won 45-17. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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Posted on January 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports


METAIRIE, La. ― There are teams that get on a roll heading into the playoffs.

And then there are the New Orleans Saints.

The league’s absolute hottest team, winners of a league-best eight straight, are set to host Detroit at 7 p.m. on Saturday and few teams likely want to face the Saints.

Even Carolina coach Ron Rivera admitted that after Sunday’s 28-point shellacking at the hands of New Orleans.

But while coach Sean Payton won’t admit it to the media, he has been feeding his players the belief that no one wants to face them for a while now.

“Sean (Payton) has been saying for a couple of weeks now that if we can continue to play like we’re playing and continue to stay on the path that we’re on that a lot of teams won’t want to face us,” safety Roman Harper said.

Since their bye on Nov. 20, the Saints have outscored opponents 234-111. In the past three weeks alone New Orleans has put up 132 points while allowing just 53.

“We’re definitely one of those teams where you’d got to bring you A game,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “If we continue to click on all three cylinders, we’re going to be tough to beat.”

But there’s perspective.

The Saints entered the 2010 playoffs at 11-5 and a team that had been on the verge of the No. 1seed.

And yet, a trip to Seattle ended the season in the wild card round.

Hot or not, a loss on Saturday makes the current eight-game win streak meaningless.

“We have to just take it for what it is,” Harper said. “We’re trying to just stay on this path. We have a great team and we all understand that. When we play well, we really play well. We’re just trying to continue this uphill battle.”

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