TAMPA, Fla. -- Go ahead and start the tailgate party in New Orleans.
The Saints are 10-0 for the first time in franchise history and they’re about to play one of the biggest games in franchise history. They’re going to host the New England Patriots in a "Monday Night Football" game Nov. 30 in the Superdome.
For the past month or so, this game’s been on the horizon and coach Sean Payton and his troops repeatedly refused to look ahead -- even though some of their recent games looked as if they were glancing ahead to the Patriots.
Now that the Saints have gotten through a soft stretch in their schedule, they can focus all of their attention on the Patriots. If they’re going to have a shot at getting through the regular season undefeated, they’re going to have to beat the last franchise to accomplish that task.