Big win for the Saints and with the win several questions as well. Couple this win with the Miami victory over Atlanta and the Saints are looking good with an early two game lead in the NFC south.
This game was big in a lot of different ways, but the biggest might be when you look at the next three games up for the Saints. All three are undefeated at this point, we will see where Chicago and New England are when we play them. But up next is a very good Miami team that has proved that they are a team that can’t be taken lightly, whether they are playing at home or on the road.
But before we get to the upcoming Miami game, lets take a minute to the Saints 3 – 0 start and look at what happened in the Cards game.
When the Saints had the ball:
Drew Brees played like well, Drew Brees. There were a couple of plays when he had to scramble because of the pressure from the Cards defense that I remembered Archie running for his life, but at the end of the day Drew made it work. Graham and Sproles were outstanding to say the least, and just when you started to wonder Mr. Colston came up with a couple of big plays.
The two stats that jumped out at me were the time of possession and the pass/run ratio. The Saints had the ball for 35 + minutes in this game, when you control the ball like the Saints did Sunday it is hard for another team to have a chance to win. Curiously enough they Saints did it with another lopsided Pass/Run ratio, but after listening to Coach Payton after the game it was easier to understand. The Cards for some reason were playing a lot of 5 man fronts and crowding the line of scrimmage. It sounded like they were almost daring the Saints passing game to beat them. Note to Cardinal defensive coaches: You didn’t think that one all the way through.
When the Cards had the ball:
Let’s all say it together, “This defense is for real”. After the Cards opening drive for a touchdown, the Saints forced 8 punts and had 2 interceptions. The only word that describes the effort is dominant. There is a certain point in every season when you can look at a team and say this is who we are. At this point in the year, it looks like this is who the Saints defense is: Tough on the run, great pass rush from the front line with quick and heady play in the defensive backfield.
I’m loving it.