If you think you remember reading some of this last year, it's because you have.

The streak is still going.

It currently sits at eight (or VIII in Super Bowl lingo).

That's how many times the Saints have lost to a team that won the Super Bowl the season before.

The Saints get a chance to end that skid Sunday when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It's the second straight season the Saints have hosted a Super Bowl champion after losing to the Denver Broncos last season.

As members of Who Dat Nation will quickly point out to you, it could be worse.

The Saints could have been playing another Super Bowl champion this season — one the city of New Orleans loves to hate — if Brady and Company hadn't erased that still-talked-about 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons back in February.

But instead, it's the Patriots whom the Saints will have to get past to end the Super Skid.

How long has it been going on?

Saints rookie corner back Marshon Lattimore was 7 years old the last time the Saints celebrated a win over a team that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy the season before.

That was back in 2003, when the Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

The Saints lost the second game between the two teams, starting the streak that just keeps on keeping on.

Jim Haslett, in his final season, fell to the Patriots in 2005.

Sean Payton, who guided the Saints to their only Super Bowl, took over but the streak continued.

Payton is 0-4 against defending Super Bowl champs, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and the Green Bay Packers in 2011 and the Broncos last season.

Joe Vitt, who coached the Saints during the second half of the 2012 season when Payton was suspended, couldn’t end the jinx either.

The Saints lost to the Giants that year.

Now they get another chance.

The schedule-makers did their part to keep the streak going, giving New England three extra days to prepare (the Patriots season opener was Thursday, Sept.7) while the Saints are on a short week after playing Monday.

This is the 28th time the Saints have played a team that won the Super Bowl the year before, thanks largely to former division rival San Francisco.

The Saints are 9-18 all-time against Super Bowl champions, including a 3-9 mark in the Dome.

Of course, there are plenty of story lines too, like Brees vs. Brady and Brandin Cooks' return.

Payton won't have to give his team any special pregame speech to motivate his team to get a win against a Super Bowl champion.

He knows, and his players know, the Saints just need a win period.

After a lackluster performance Monday night at the Minnesota Vikings, the Saints are looking to avoid what would be their fourth consecutive 0-2 start.

The Patriots are looking for a win, too, after an equally lackluster performance against Kansas City in Week One.

"Any time you are looking for that first win or any win, the desperate team wins," Saints tight end Michael Hoomanawanui said. "You have two 0-1 teams going to battle, so whoever wants it more, will win it."

Hoomanawanui admits that playing a Super Bowl champion brings out the best in a team. He's been on both sides, having been on the Patriots team that won Super Bowl XLIX.

"It absolutely brings out the best," he said. "I don't know if it is tougher, but it's just to be expected when you're the top dog. Everyone knows if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. You want to try to take down the top dog."

That hasn't been easy lately for the Saints.


VIII is enough

How the Saints fared in last eight games against reigning Super Bowl champions:

Season             Opponent                   Super Bowl won         Results

2003-04          Tampa Bay*                  XXXVIII                    L 14-7

2005-06          New England              XXXIX                       L 24-17

2006-07          Pittsburgh                    XL                               L 38-31

2007-08          Indianapolis                XLI                             L 41-10

2011-12          Green Bay                   XLV                            L 42-34

2012-13          New York Giants        XLVI                          L 52-27

2016-17        Denver Broncos          50                              L 25-23

2017-18               New England Patriots     LI                      ?????

*Saints won first meeting vs. Bucs in 2003

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