But the Saints, who are 11-3 and arguably the hottest team in the NFL, sure do seem to be running away and hiding from opponents, and having a ball while they’re doing it. Probably, you would be smiling, too, if you were a passenger on the freight train. True, six consecutive wins haven’t even been sufficient to win them the NFC South Division title or secure the No. 2 seed in the conference. They haven’t been enough to give them the longest current winning streak in the league alone — New England has won six in a row, too.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he thinks the New Orleans Saints were purposely trying to injure his sprained left ankle in their game on Sunday. Peterson had 10 carries for 60 yards against the Saints after missing the previous three weeks with a high ankle sprain. Peterson said after the game he expected the defensive players to target his ankle while trying to bring him down.
As impressive as Brady and Aaron Rodgers have been this season, though, they have both fallen behind in the race to beat Dan Marino’s long-standing season record. Drew Brees threw 412 yards against the Vikings to reach 4,780 for the season, just 304 yards short of the Dolphins QB’s 1984 total with two games left to play. The last man to come this close to breaking Marino’s record? That would be Brees, who fell 16 yards short in 2008.
If Brees pulls off that remarkable combo, he could even make a late run at the MVP award that has presumably belonged to Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers all year. Brees certainly has been the hotter quarterback of late. After throwing 11 interceptions during his first nine games, Brees has thrown 16 touchdown passes with zero picks over his last five. He was especially outstanding in Sunday’s victory at Minnesota, throwing for 412 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions as the Saints won their sixth straight game.
Just so we don’t end up having post offices in Tampa getting filled with mail from every city in Wisconsin, let’s start this off with a clarifier. I’m not saying the New Orleans Saints will knock off the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst Jon Gruden, who also lives in Tampa — although I’m certain he’s in another ZIP code — isn’t saying the Saints will beat the Packers. But Gruden said in a recent conference call with the national media that he believes the Saints could beat the Packers.