The familiar question that has been asked after the New Orleans Saints shutout the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41-0 on Sunday was, “Where has this team been all season?”
It’s actually a question that was asked by not only the fans but the local media as well. In all fairness to the way things have panned out for the Black and Gold this year, it’s a good one.
After looking horrendous for most of the time, the defense seemed to click and recorded five turnovers which were four interceptions and a sack/fumble. Cornerback Jabari Greer had the first multi-interception game of his career plucking off Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman twice.
The offense also seemed to have been revitalized as Drew Brees and Co. marched down the field on the opening possession and scored with ease and Brees appeared to be more comfortable than he has been in the previous thirteen games.
With the Saints at 6-8 and on a slim string on making the postseason, Brees as well as other players have said they are playing for “pride” now. They also are playing with more confidence on both sides of the ball which is a good footnote to the end of the season.
Linebacker Curtis Lofton commented that the defense is playing with more instinct and not having to think so much. In other words defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme is becoming more easily digested by the players and they can just react.
With two games left, the Saints have said that they will not just lay down and that includes resting their starters. Even though playoffs aren’t really on the line, pride certainly is.