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The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

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. 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.”

The week­end be­gan Thurs­day night with Pitts­burgh’s 52-21 home vic­tory over Carolina. Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw for 328 yards and five touch­downs to help the Steel­ers (6-2-1) win their fifth straight. The Pan­thers (6-3) had won three in a row.

Off this week are Min­nesota (5-3-1), Den­ver (3-6), FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, Cincin­nati Ben­gals fans cheer in the stands dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Chicago Bears in Cincin­nati. Bal­ti­more (4-5) and Hous­ton (6-3).

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