There are no two ways to look at it. Drew Brees lost that game for the Saints. It’s safe to say that it was the first one that did it. (How’s that saying go? “It’s the engine that gets you not the caboose.” Or something like that…
Driving at the end of the second quarter to extend the lead to double digits an interception is just flat out unacceptable. A pick six, deadly. Not to mention that interception could have been caught and returned for a touchdown by a chubby six year old Pop Warner player. I’m still mad.
The defense showed up to play. They kept the sputtering offense in the game even after the two pick sixes, which is a win for what has become a historically bad unit (that is if you listen to the national media and their “YARDS =POINTS!!!” philosophy).
Patrick Robinson held up better than Greer, which in my opinion is becoming a recurring theme, and Greer is still playing well as a whole. +1. Cam Jordan is elevating his play consistently above that of his rookie campaign. +1.
The unit of Vilma, Lofton and Hawthorne is better than anything the Payton-era Saints have ever had. +1. Malcolm Jenkins refuses to quit, ever. +1. +1′s all around, defense. High Five! So, looking forward to Thursday night, what can we expect? A win. A big friggin win. Rather than just say everything he said, I’ll let Reid tell you. Click Right Here. My favorite of his points:
Brees: coming off of poor performances in which the Saints have lost (I identified 23 games), Brees has been pretty damn good. His passer rating is a combined 99.5 in those games; he’s averaged 283 yards, 7.3 ypa, and 69% completions with a 2.7:1 TD:INT ratio.
Sweet! So, you’re telling me there’s a chance? The guy that blew it against the Niners ain’t gonna let it happen twice in a row? WHO DAT! Good thing it’s not the end of the world.
With Tampa, Minnesota, and Seattle all losing, the Saints sit exactly where they did going into the game yesterday. Take a look at the playoff machines around the internet: with a Saints win on Thursday and losses from the Vikings (@ Green Bay), the Seahawks (@ Chicago), the Bucs (@Denver), and the Redskins (at home against the Giants) the Saints hold the 6th seed.
All this stuff happens just like it did this week, except we hold up on our end of the bargain because, well, WE OWN THE FALCONS, and it’s back on again. We will forget about the niners and the pick sixes and whatnot and continue on the path of destiny to the big game in the dome, right? RIGHT? Either way, love dem Saints. Who Dat, y’all!