It’s Who Dat vs. Who Dey in Cincy

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - From Mi­ami Her­ald Wire Ser­vices

Here comes Who Dey vs. Who Dat.

Say what?

The Who Dat folks from New Or­leans go head-on with the Who Dey fans in Cincin­nati on Sun­day. And don’t ask which group first came up with its catchy phrase and odd ren­der­ing of the English lan­guage.

“Who Dey? I don’t un­der­stand. I’m baf­fled,” says Saints run­ning back Mark In­gram. “It’s like, did they copy us? Or not? I don’t know. Who Dat! Who Dat! Who Dat! …”

What any­one might ask is whether the Saints (7-1), com­ing off three huge vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing hand­ing the Rams their first loss, are ripe for a let­down. Drew Brees and com­pany face Philadel­phia next week.

“They’re go­ing to be hun­gry com­ing off the bye week,” In­gram says of the Ben­gals. “They have play­off as­pi­ra­tions. They have as­pi­ra­tions of win­ning their divi­sion.

“So ev­ery game is im­por­tant to them just like it is to us. So we’re go­ing up there in for­eign ter­ri­tory, hos­tile ter­ri­tory, and we’ve got to go make it hap­pen. We’re a good team. We re­spect them but we’re al­ways wor­ried about this build­ing, this team, what we need to do to put our­selves in po­si­tion to have suc­cess.”

It might be dif­fi­cult for New Or­leans to find a way to lose this one, though. In the past three games, the Ben­gals (5-3) have given up 481 yards to Pitts­burgh, then 551 to Kansas City and 576 to Tampa Bay.

Granted, those are three of the NFL’s top at­tacks. The Saints are up there, too, so if Cincin­nati gives up 500 yards Sun­day, it will be­come the first team to al­low 500 in three con­sec­u­tive games.

“We’re un­der­achiev­ing right now,” de­fen­sive end Car­los Dunlap ad­mits. “We’re play­ing well enough to win some games, which is why we’re 5-3. I

“If we work on the neg­a­tives, we can be that elite de­fense and that elite team.”

Right now, the elite­ness is in the Big Easy

“They go as Brees goes,” Dunlap adds. “We’ve got to find a way to slow down that fu­ture Hall of Famer.”

AA per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion says med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions and imag­ing have con­firmed that Saints wide re­ceiver Dez Bryant has a torn Achilles, end­ing his sea­son be­fore it had be­gun.

Bryant was listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game in Cincin­nati with an an­kle in­jury. But the re­ceiver made it clear on so­cial me­dia that he’d had a sig­nif­i­cant set­back, call­ing his path to re­cov­ery the “ul­ti­mate test.”

Bryant be­came a free agent in April af­ter eight sea­sons with Dal­las. He’d been look­ing for a new team un­til sign­ing with New Or­leans on Wed­nes­day. He was in­jured dur­ing just his sec­ond prac­tice.

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