Fast week for the Saints this week, hardly time to enjoy the victory over the 49ers before the Thursday night game against long time nemesis Atlanta.
As for the 49er’s game, whenever you have three turnover’s you don’t often when NFL games. But the Saints won on Sunday because outside of the turnovers they dominated San Francisco on both sides of the ball. The defense shut down the 49ers running game and limited the offense to under two hundred total yards while the Saints offense won the time of possession battle 34:39 to 25:21.
The Saints also came out on top in the running game averaging 4 yards a carry against a good run defense while Brees turned in another Breeslike performance. Special teams won their battle with the huge kickoff return by Travaris Cadet and Garrett Hartley being a perfect 3-3 including the game winner. Payton worked the officials and was masterful in his use of timeouts as usual.
Saints vs Falcons – thought for the week.
When an 8-2 team plays a 2-8 team even at the 2-8 teams stadium, it’s easy to write this game off as a blow out game. But this game can’t be taken lightly by the Saints. For starters it’s a NFC South division game and it’s the Falcons, so the records can be thrown out. The Falcons would like nothing better than to play the spoilers and send the Saints home with a loss. Second the Carolina Panthers are hot on the Saints heals. At the time of this writing they are leading New England 7 -0 early in the second quarter.
Third but not least is the game coming up after the Falcons game. If the Saints can manage a win in Atlanta the Saints next game is against the Seahawks in Seattle, one of the only home field advantages that rival the Super Dome. A win in Atlanta and Seattle would make the Saints the #1 seed in the NFC.