Suddenly one of the NFC’s best teams began to look like one of the worst, and the Saints were left looking for answers. Self-worth. Tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is perhaps the most important game the Saints have played since facing the Colts in the Superbowl. It’s a must win, get it all right, make a statement kind of game. The Saints have everything to prove and equally everything to lose.
The New Orleans Saints have had an up-and-down season this year — looking unstoppable at times, and horrible others — but emerging victorious yesterday over the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers has quelled some of the questions for now.
It’s well know at this point how poorly the Saints played against the Rams in week eight. No reason to revisit the stat lines, but nothing clicked for them during a loss to a team that was winless coming into the contest.
New Orleans needed to come out and make a statement against the Buccaneers, not only to keep their division championship hopes alive, but to prove they could play better and be better.
The importance of the game went without saying, and even quarterback Drew Brees took pause to comment on it’s importance.
We played with a lot of confidence, we needed a win like this, especially after the past week and everything we’ve gone through.
Tampa had beaten the Saints in week six, shut down the offense, and moved the ball with ease on an ailing defense — but not this time around.
Drew Brees led the Saints to an early 14 point lead after a rare display of balance on offense.
It was run just as often or more than it was the pass, much needed after Brees physical abuse at the hands of the Rams, who sacked him a whopping six times the week before.
Brees finished 27 of 36 for 258 yards and two touchdowns.