NEWS

New Orleans Saints host St. Louis Rams Sunday

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham hauls in a pass earlier in the season against the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints will return to the Superdome Sunday after playing two games on the road. New Orleans will host the St. Louis Rams.

The New Orleans Saints’ next opponent has come a long way.

A year after going 1-15, the St. Louis Rams (6-6) have won consecutive games to pull into a tie with the Seattle Seahawks for first place in the NFC West.

The previous perennial losers of their division have played themselves into the postseason race with a quarter of the NFL schedule remaining.

The Saints (9-3) will host the Rams Sunday in the Superdome. Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m.

The Saints met the Rams last year on Nov. 15 in the Edward Jones Dome.

New Orleans claimed a 28-23 win despite a fourth-quarter rally by the Rams.

The Saints improved to 9-0, which marked a nine-game winning streak and tied a franchise record.

The teams have met 68 times. The Rams hold a 38-30 series lead.

The teams were formerly NFC West foes.

Following the Saints’ come-from-behind 34-30 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, quarterback Drew Brees and running back Chris Ivory were nominated for weekly awards.

Brees was nominated for the FedEx Air Player of the Week award after posting a season-high 120.3 passer rating.

Ivory was up for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors. He ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Saints head coach Sean Payton discussed the rash of penalties his team racked up against the Bengals.

“There are yards there,”?he said. “When you look at 100 yards, those yards add up and really add up to points if you study it.”

He added that he thought the officiating was good.

“We have to be better in that area,”?he concluded.

The team will be collecting toys before Sunday’s game at the Superdome. The Saints have teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for the national toy drive, which benefits the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Superdome.  

For more information, see www.toysfortots.org/touchdown.