We strive here at the EOSB to give you as much information as one man can possibly give you. So, with that in mind, we've added a six pack of questions from a source we trust most ESPN.com and friend of the EOSB Pat Yasinskas.
Pat is a trusted source, having covered both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers for newspapers in the Southeast. He has been covering the NFC South for ESPN.com for the past two seasons and will be once again next season.
You can read his very good work at ESPN.com's NFCSouth Blog.
He's good people. Let's now give him our attention.
WWL-TV.com: What must the Saints do to win this game and get to its first Super Bowl?
PY: 'Go out and play like they did last week. The defense doesn't have to dominate. It just has to be good and it has to come up with a turnover or two. The offense just has to do its thing. This is a well-balanced team and I see no reason it can't get to the Super Bowl and maybe even win the Super Bowl. But we'll talk about that again if we get the opportunity.'
WWL-TV.com: You've covered the NFC South in one form or another for a decade now. Where does this Saints team rank in the history of the division?
Pat Yasinskas: 'Wow, that's a good question. Let me reflect a bit here. The NFC South started in 2002 and the Bucs won the Super Bowl this season. I've got to go with that team because it's the only one from the NFC South to win the Super Bowl. The 2003 Carolina team also was very good, solid all the way around and the Panthers almost beat the Patriots in that Super Bowl. So, I'll go with those at No. 1 and No. 2. But there's room for the Saints to get into that mix, depending on how they finish.'
WWL-TV.com: Sean Payton came to New Orleans and changed the way the franchise looked at itself. How was he able to do it when so many others Jim Haslett, Mike Ditka were unable to?
PY: 'Perhaps part of it was timing with Payton coming in after Hurricane Katrina when the whole region was obviously going through dramatic change. Payton also has a natural confidence about him that's obvious and it carries throughout the franchise. I'm not saying there wasn't confidence from the other coaches, but I'm not sure everyone bought into it like they have with Payton. But more than anything, I think the biggest single move was signing Drew Brees. That was a game changer.'
WWL-TV.com: In hindsight, do you think the three-game losing skid down the stretch was exactly what this team needed to get refocused and get that chip back on its shoulder?
PY: 'I'm not sure if it was exactly what the team needed, but I don't think it hurt in hindsight. It might have been a little bit of a wake-up call. I think the biggest thing really was getting the team healthy and having the bye week certainly was a boost. Getting (Jabari) Greer and (Tracy) Porter back at full strength made a world of difference in the defense last week and I suspect it will this week, too.'
WWL-TV.com: Finish this sentence: If Drew Brees goes to Miami...
PY: '...the NFC championship game isn't in New Orleans on Sunday, that's for sure. I don't think he would have had nearly the impact. Brees himself has said many times Miami was not sure about his health and had told him there was only like a 25 percent chance that they thought he could play again in the NFL. I think he would have gone there as a project or alternative and probably wouldn't have gotten a fair shot. Here he came in and was handed the keys to the franchise and the keys to an offense that's absolutely perfect for him and a head coach who is absolutely perfect for him.
WWL-TV.com: Why will this year's version of New Orleans versus Minnesota be different from last year's 30-27 Vikings win?
PY: 'I know a lot has been made of the phrase finish strong. That's not just lip service. That's something the Saints have made very real this year from their defense getting more aggressive to being able to run the ball. They haven't squandered leads like they did last year. They've been able to get ahead and stay ahead and they're a completely different team this year.'