Short-handed Saints can defy the odds Monday night

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Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams
(Photo: William E. Anthony)

The COVID-19 list for the Saints was updated Sunday, totaling 24 players and coaches out for Monday night’s game against the Dolphins.

Starting linebacker Kwon Alexander made it 21 players on the list, taking them out of action for the moment as New Orleans battles for a playoff spot.

Taysom Hill
Trevor Siemian
Malcolm Jenkins
Demario Davis
Ryan Ramczyk
Kaden Elliss
James Carpenter
Jordan Mills
Jeff Heath
Christian Ringo
Adam Trautman
Juwan Johnson
J.T. Gray
Dwayne Washington
Carl Granderson
Jalyn Holmes
Deonte Harris
Malcolm Roach
Jerald Hawkins
KeiVarae Russell
Kwon Alexander

So, with that information as a backdrop, I think it is an easy pick Monday night.

Saints win.

Yep, Saints win.

Even with the outbreak. Even starting a rookie quarterback who has yet to take his first snap in an NFL game.

It’s the perfect setup for one of those superior efforts.

You know, the kind they make movies about.

Out-manned team on Monday Night Football with the whole world watching just plays their fannies off and steals it on a late field goal by their 5th field goal kicker of the season.

I know a friend who just saw the movie about Kurt Warner. It’s the one about a guy who comes from nowhere, plays for the Iowa Barnstormers, and later leads the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title.

If Warner can go from working in a grocery store in Iowa to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, all things are possible.

That includes the Saints playing lights out on a Monday night against the Dolphins.

Oh yeah, one thing about the Dolphins. I know they have won six straight, but just how good are they? After all, two of those wins came against the New York Jets.

During their streak, Miami also has wins over the Giants and the Texans.

Winning six games in a row in the NFL is very hard to do, but I am sorry. The quality of the opposition counts.

The Saints have had an extra day to come off the high of shutting out Tampa Bay.

That will help.

The defense even without Demario Davis and Malcolm Jenkins is still good.

The Dolphins are no great shakes on offense.

Before the outbreak, the Saints were three-point favorites over Miami. New Orleans is now a three-point underdog.

So be it.

Over the course of a long season, missing personnel like the COVID subtractions the Saints are experiencing do take its toll.

But for one night, for four quarters, the Saints can overcome.

The message from Sean Payton will go like this.

“We are missing a lot of outstanding players. But there’s still plenty here.”

Sounds good, right?

It may be the truth.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if, on a Monday night, the Saints went out and proved it to be so.

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Ed Daniels

WGNO Sports Director/106.1 FM

Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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