Commentary: Don't talk disaster after just one game

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Posted on September 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 9 at 8:15 PM

Jim Henderson / WWL-TV Sports Director

There are certain games you feel you're never going to lose.

Last year's season opener against the Vikings was one of them.

The pride, the emotion, the relief of finally beginning the season as the defending Super Bowl Champions were certain to make the Saints unbeatable on that night - and they were.

Six of the defending Super Bowl champion predecessors felt the same way and were as well. After Thursday night's victory by the Packers, you can make that eight for eight Super Bowl champions opening the season at home on Thursday night emerging as winners.

But none had a harder time in doing so than the Packers. That will mean nothing in the the first week win column for the Saints but it could mean a lot more in subsequent ones.

The Saints aren't long enough removed from Super Bowl 44 to think they can't contend for another. The Packers aren't long enough removed from Super Bowl 45 to forget how hard it was to win one, much less two in a row.

The wavering supporters of one and the starry-eyed zealots supporting the other probably feel differently after the season opener, but they shouldn't.

And so after just one game they're talking dynasty in Green Bay. After just one game there's no reason to talk disaster in New Orleans.

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