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Dawn Knight
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Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

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Every year, a group of fans come to New Orleans from England to watch the Saints. I met this group in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I was spending a couple of days accompanying my aunt to a cancer treatment. We were traveling by bus when British accents and t-shirts with britishsaints.com emblazoned across them caught my attention. Of course, I struck up a conversation.

It was just after Hurricane Katrina, and the Saints were playing all of their games on the road, so the British Saints Fan Club had made the trek to see a game in North Carolina instead of New Orleans. The Saints were terrible, but they kept fighting -- road game after road game. Today, just a few years later and sitting at 10 and 0, they are symbolic of what strength and perseverance can accomplish.

It doesn't really matter whether or not the Saints win this upcoming Monday night. They are no longer the "who dat" team of the NFL. Images of grocery-sack wearing fans and throngs of boos from the crowd are in the past. The Saints franchise has arrived as a dominant force in the NFL. The Patriots are the only team left in the regular season that has a chance of beating them, and the Colts will be partially to blame if the Saints come out of Monday night on the losing end. Having missed the chance to knock Indy off, New England will be gunning for New Orleans, and the fact that it's a Monday night game will only make matters worse for the Saints.

The Colts, on the other hand, having eked out wins against some tough opponents, particularly the Patriots, could remain unbeaten. There isn't a team left on the schedule that can outscore the Colts, but they will likely end up 13-3 or 14-2 going into the playoffs, since Caldwell will probably rest starters in some of the final games. That's fine with me. I remember what happened the last time the Colts were undefeated going into the playoffs.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Saints rested starters the last few games as well. The best way to determine who will remain undefeated the longest, then, is to decide who will lose first. The best chance of that is Monday when the Saints play the Patriots. Maybe the British Invasion will be at the Superdome to cheer them on. I'll be cheering for the Saints, too. I'd love to see Brees and company humiliate the Patriots Monday night.

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My incredible hubby, Jon Knight, contributed to this article.

By Dawn Knight  |  November 29, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New England Patriots , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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