NFC playoff contenders clash in Big Easy

The storyline
The Saints have slipped up against less-established teams and a Rams win here would put them in the driver's seat in the NFC West./p>

Why you should watch
Sam Bradford is thriving despite a decimated receiving group. The Rams defense is holding teams below 20 points a game. Reggie Bush is overdue to dazzle the home crowd. Steven Jackson is needed to carry a heavy load down the stretch. The Saints could re-establish their ground game with Pierre Thomas rounding into health.

Did you know?
Jackson has a touchdown in his last three games against the Saints. ... St. Louis' Chris Long has six sacks in his past seven games. ... Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds the franchise record for passing yards. ... New Orleans' Marques Colston has three touchdowns in his past three games.

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