1. Saints can strike fast AND beat you slow
Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) jumps over a Chicago Bears defender during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Many people know that New Orleans runs an up-tempo offense built on big plays by quarterback Drew Brees. The Saints proved in this game that they can also wear down defenses and control the clock. That is a huge advantage because it gives their defense time to rest and allows Drew Brees and Sean Payton to dictate the game to the opposing defenses.
Pierre Thomas was able to shine today with 55 yards receiving and two touchdowns because he is a reliable and agile receiver and runner. The Saints may not have put up flashy individual player stats (outside of Jimmy Graham) but each carry and catch is crucial to being able to control the time of possession.