New Orleans Saints: Did We Forget How Good They Really Are?
There was so much noise surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South when they got Tom Brady in the offseason. The New Orleans Saints took them down in the first matchup of the season back in Week 1. On Sunday night, New Orleans embarrassed Tampa Bay in primetime by a final score of 38-3.
The Saints have been under the radar this season by a bunch of people. They are currently the number one seed in the NFC, despite having the same 6-2 record as the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
New Orleans had the foot on the gas pedal from start to finish. All three phases of their game clicked and none of Tampa Bay’s clicked at all.
Brees completed 26-of-32 passes for 222 yards passing and four touchdowns. He also rushed for -2 yards on two carries.
Brees is the heart and soul of this football team. He is one of the best quarterbacks of all-time in the NFL.
Drew Brees has carried this franchise for many years. They have had heartbreak in the past for the past three seasons. They lost to the Minnesota Vikings twice in the postseason. New Orleans was also robbed in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Taysom Hill is not the quarterback of the future, but he is the butter knife on this football team. Hill plays on special teams, plays quarterback for a few snaps a game, and also plays at wide receiver for a few snaps a game though.
He completed 2-of-2 passes for 48 yards. Hill also rushed for 54 yards on seven carries. He also caught one pass for 21 yards receiving.
Jameis Winston is projected to be the quarterback of the future of this football team. He completed one pass for 12 yards in this game.
Winston was the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
He, Sean Payton, and other Saints players were dancing inside the locker room after the game was over. They hope this isn’t the last time they are doing that in Tampa Bay this season, when the Super Bowl LV is being played there on February 7th though.
Alvin Kamara rushed for 40 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for nine yards receiving.
Latavius Murray rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries. He also caught two passes for three yards receiving.
Drew Brees was able to distribute the football to different football players throughout the game.
Adam Trautman caught three passes for 39 yards receiving and a touchdown. He was drafted in the later rounds out of the University of Dayton though.
Jared Cook caught two passes for 30 yards receiving.
Deonte Harris only caught one pass for 40 yards receiving, but he is a speedster on special teams. Harris was one of the reasons why this team had very good field position on several drives.
Josh Hill caught two passes for 14 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Tre’Quan Smith caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the first-quarter though. He now drops from the first receiver to the third receiver on this football team.
This defense picked off Tom Brady three times. They only gave up five rushing attempts in this game as well.
The New Orleans Saints defense has not been the same this season, but they stepped up when it mattered the most. Marshon Lattimore didn’t allow Mike Evans to have a catch on him, even though he had a few during the game.
Even though New Orleans is in first place in the NFC South and the NFC, a lot of work has to be done and teams and fans and media members across the league are starting to respect them even more.
This was the game that allows the Saints to have their respect. They were the forgotten team in the NFC and they have now awakened everybody from their naps.
Do you think the New Orleans Saints were the forgotten team in the NFC or no after their big win on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night football? Leave a comment below.
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