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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Demario Davis reflected on his decision to sign with New Orleans last offseason Alex Okafor Jersey , the reasons the linebacker listed had little to do with the style of defense the Saints played or even the role the club envisioned for him.Mainly, he said, it was the opportunity to play on the same team as Drew Brees — who Davis sees as the game’s greatest quarterback — and the likelihood of experiencing the playoffs for the first time in his seven-year career.“That’s the whole reason why I’m here, man. I didn’t have to be recruited. I looked at it as a situation where my only goal here is to get Drew another Super Bowl ring. So I just came to be part of the show,” Davis said. “That was huge. The best quarterback to ever play the game. I just want to be a part of it.”Suffice it to say, Davis hasn’t regretted a thing. He’ll play in his first playoff game Sunday in the Superdome against Philadelphia after what, by his own account, has been his best season yet.Playing primarily weak side linebacker — as opposed to the middle spot he played previously with the New York Jets — Davis finished this season with 110 total tackles, five sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a critical fumble recovery that sealed a victory over Pittsburgh, and four pass breakups.“He’s a physical player. I think he’s a good pressure player,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He gives us a little pop there relative to his physicality.”Not all of Davis’ numbers this season were career highs, but statistics do not tell the whole story, Davis noted.“The numbers are up there with some of my best seasons, but definitely efficiency” has improved, he said. “That’s my goal every year is to be a better player than I was the year before and I think I’ve done that.“I’ve gotten more efficient as a pass rusher. I’ve been better out in space in coverage,” Davis continued. “When you’re holding one of the top running backs, or when you’re holding one of the top tight ends, and they don’t have their best day when they play you, that speaks a lot about your game. It may be an untold stat, but something I’m looking at.”Generally, the middle linebacker wears the helmet with the ear piece allowing him to receive the formation call from the defensive coordinator and relay it to teammates on the field. Davis wears it for the Saints, even though he only plays in the middle intermittently Larry Warford Color Rush Jersey , normally moving outside while 2017 third-round draft choice Alex Anzalone occupies the inside.“He’s made a big difference. He’s a natural-born leader,” Saints defensive tackle and 2016 first-round draft choice Sheldon Rankins said. “For him to be able to step into a huddle in front of a grown group of men and command them and get everybody lined up in the right spot has been effortless for him and then, obviously, he’s been a hell of a player.”Davis, who turns 30 on Friday, grew up in Brandon, Mississippi, and played at Arkansas State before starting his NFL career as the Jets’ third-round draft pick in 2012. He joined Cleveland as a free agent in 2016 before being traded back to the Jets in 2017. New Orleans was his third team in three seasons, but he signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Saints and now seems all but certain to at least make it to Year 2.“He can do everything,” Rankins said. “You don’t have to bring guys off the sideline for him. If a team wants to come out and go five-wide, well, you can put him on a Darren Sproles-type guy and trust him in coverage. And then if a team wants to come out and run the ball at you and he’s still effective, I think that’s the sign of a great player.”Davis has had 99 or more total tackles in five seasons, and said he expected to assume a leadership role in New Orleans, even though he was in his first season and joining a team that included veterans such as 2017 All-Pro end Cam Jordan.“I’m just myself. Leaders are born and it just comes with the territory. Everywhere I’ve been, they’ve called me a leader in the locker room. I think it’s just attached to my personality,” Davis said. “I care about the guys in the locker room. … I’m going to lead by example on and off the field and I think guys just kind of gravitate to that. They gravitate to guys who set high standards for themselves and demand the same out of them.” The New Orleans Saints host the Cleveland Browns in what may already be considered a “must win” for the Saints, psychologically speaking.The Saints are coming off a demoralizing 48-40 loss against Tampa, while the Browns are coming off an invigorating tie against Pittsburgh.Despite the outstanding output by the Saints offense, all the focus has obviously been on the atrocious defensive performance.To recover from that performance, the Saints are going to need to lean on something more than what they had last Sunday.They’ll find that inspiration from the power of pettiness.Pettiness, yes, Sean Payton’s Saints are their most dangerous when they have something to be petty about.They don't seem to do so well when they need to “prove ‘em right” or when they need to uphold the role as the clear favorites.They thrive when they're overlooked, undervalued , and cast aside.Now, even after the terrible defensive showing against Tampa, as heavy favorites, the Saints find themselves as big favorites again this time against Cleveland.What do they have this time that they didn't last week?Pettiness.They (Sean Payton in particular) get another shot at disgraced former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.The same Gregg Williams who dragged the franchise and the city through the pay-for-performance drama of 2012.The very same Gregg Williams who Sean Payton gleefully skulldragged in 2016 when he made his first trip back to New Orleans as the Rams’ defensive coordinator, losing to Payton’s Saints 49-21.Sean Payton would love nothing more than to put the boots to Gregg once again, providing the edge to get the Saints back to where they should've been a week ago, in the win column.Last week I went 9-7 (I count the tie as a loss here)I told you so: Eagles over Falcons!What do I know: Saints over Bucs?WEEK 2Thursday, September 13th - Thursday Night FootballRavens(1-0) at Bengals(1-0)Baltimore comes into this one fresh off the most lopsided game of Week 1, where they throttled Buffalo into submission.They won't have it as easy this week in Cincinnati, but Cincy will struggle against the Baltimore defense.Baltimore wins 24-16.Pick: Ravens***Sunday, September 16th - Early GamesPanthers(1-0) at Falcons(0-1)Atlanta has suffered some devastating losses to their defense after just one week, but Carolina is not the offense that will take full advantage of those losses.This will be a low-scoring, defensive affair, but Atlanta will outlast the Panthers in this one at home.Atlanta wins 20-14.Pick: Falcons***Colts(0-1) at Redskins(1-0)As usual, Andrew Luck will be forced to carry Indianapolis in this one, but Washington’s defense will be the strongest unit on the field.Washington will get just what they need from Alex Smith and Adrian Peterson to pick up the win.Washington wins 27-22.Pick: Redskins***Texans(0-1) at Titans(0-1) Deshaun Watson will be the key to victory in this one, as Tennessee won't have any answers for the second-year star quarterback.Tennessee’s offense will also struggle against the Houston defense in this one.Houston wins 21-14.Pick: Texans***Eagles(1-0) at Buccaneers(1-0)Buckle up folks, this is gonna be the ugliest game of Week 2.Just as Tampa’s defense failed to show last week, they’ll continue to struggle here against Philly.On the other side, Tampa’s explosive offense from a week ago will seem like a distant memory against the defending Super Bowl Champions.Ryan Fitzpatrick will be in for a long afternoon, with a stat line of 117 yards passing, 4 interceptions, and 4 sacks.The magic is gone.Philadelphia wins 35-7.Pick: Eagles***Chiefs(1-0) at Steelers(0-0-1) Pittsburgh has had Kansas City’s number for a few years now, but the Chiefs get over the hump behind another dynamic performance by young gunslinger Garrett Grayson Jersey , Patrick Mahomes.Despite looking so poor a week ago, Kansas City’s defense will pull it together for a big win in the City of Steel against the reeling Steelers.Kansas City wins 21-14.Pick: Chiefs***Dolphins(1-0) at Jets(1-0)The spotlight will clearly be on rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in this one, especially after the Jets’ monster win on Monday night.The key to victory won't be on Darnold’s performance though, it will come down to the Jets’ ability to control the game with their rushing attack, and forcing Miami into turnovers on the other end.Jets win 24-19.Pick: Jets***Chargers(0-1) at Bills(0-1) After suffering the most lopsided loss of Week 1, Buffalo is already pulling the trigger and starting the Josh Allen era at quarterback.After that dreadful offensive performance, Buffalo has seemingly nowhere to go but up.The Bills face a huge task in trying to slow down Phillip Rivers and the Los Angeles passing attack though, and it will prove too much for the Bills to overcome at home.Los Angeles wins 35-14.Pick: Chargers***Vikings(1-0) at Packers(1-0)In an early season battle of the clear favorites in the NFC North this season, the winner will have a big advantage as the season goes forward.No doubt this will be a tough contest, and the Minnesota defense will come at Aaron Rodgers with everything they've got.Don't overlook the Green Bay defense though, as they'll have their sights set on “guaranteed money” Kirk Cousins, in his first time at Lambeau in purple and yellow.This one will have a playoff atmosphere and will come down to the wire.Much like last Monday night, it will be Aaron Rodgers who pulls the Pack to victory in the end.Green Bay wins 24-21.Pick: Packers***Browns(0-0-1) at Saints(0-1)Too much has been said and dwelled upon regarding the Saints’ Week 1 loss.That’s the past and this is the present, and in the present the Saints are the better team.The Browns’ past is a record of 1-31-1 over their last 33 regular season games.Although Cleveland looks better than they have in the recent past, their present still says the Saints are the better team.On offense, much like Week 1, the Saints offense will be the Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara/Michael Thomas Show.On defense though, the Saints will need to see the Marshon Lattimore/Cameron Jordan/Alex Okafor Show, and they’ll see major contributions from those defensive stars this week, as the Saints defense holds quarterback Tyrod Taylor to under 175 yards passing.The two biggest stars in this game will be Alvin Kamara on offense, unsurprisingly, and Sheldon Rankins on defense, quite surprisingly.With solid pressure off the edges by Jordan and Okafor, Rankins will have the ability to make some big plays, recording a sack and forcing a turnover.The Saints will play motivated P. 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Williams Color Rush Jersey , inspired, and smart.They’ll send the Superdome crowd home happy after this one.Saints win 38-23.Pick: Saints***Sunday, September 16th - Late GamesLions(0-1) at 49ers(0-1)Both teams are coming off of tough and turnover-filled performances in Week 1.Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garoppolo will need to clean things up and play much better to lead their teams this week.The key to victory in this one will come down to San Francisco’s running game and home field advantage.This will be a close one.San Francisco wins 24-23.Pick: 49ers***Cardinals(0-1) at Rams(1-0)To say Arizona was pathetic in Week 1 would be giving them too much credit.Now they have to face the class of their division in the Rams.The Los Angeles defensive front will make Sam Bradford’s life a nightmare in this one, as the Rams extend their early lead in the NFC West.Los Angeles wins 31-17.Pick: Rams***Patriots(1-0) at Jaguars(1-0) - Game of the WeekHere we get an early rematch of January’s AFC Championship Game.Just like that one, this game will have a razor-thin margin for error.Also like that game, Jacksonville will lean on their strengths, in their rushing attack and their defense.It is their main weakness, quarterback Blake Bortles, that New England will use to their advantage though.Tom Brady and the Pats will find a way to pull this one out in the closing moments, again.New England wins 21-20.Pick: Patriots***Raiders(0-1) at Broncos(1-0)Denver, fresh off a big win at home in Week 1, now faces one of their oldest rivals.Oakland, on the other hand, is coming off a tough loss at home on Monday night.The Jon Gruden era 2.0 in Oakland will continue flat, as Case Keenum has a big game against the Silver and Black in Denver.Denver wins 21-13.Pick: Broncos***Sunday Night FootballGiants(0-1) at Cowboys(0-1)The pressure to win will rest squarely on the shoulders of Dallas’ defense as their offensive stars, Dak Prescott and Ezequiel Elliott will continue to struggle without support from the rest of the offense.Eli Manning has usually enjoyed great success at AT&T Stadium and he will pick that up again here.Giants win 24-17.Pick: Giants***Monday, September 17th - Monday Night FootballSeahawks(0-1) at Bears(0-1)Chicago may have lost last Sunday night, but they were an Aaron Rodgers miracle return to action away from leaving Lambeau Field with a win.Seattle, in a loss at Denver, saw a lot of what they’ll be seeing all season long, a lot of Russell Wilson and little else.A week after falling prey to Von Miller, Wilson will now hope to avoid Khalil Mack.The results should remain the same, with Wilson in peril all game long.Chicago wins 24-14.Pick: Bears***That’s how I see it, tell us how you see Week 2 playing out.Leave your comments and insight below.Who Dat!

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