2018 Season: New Orleans Saints at the three quarter mark

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"A look at the New Orleans Saints third quarter of the 2018 Season and a look forward to the stretch run with a prediction for the finish."

We are three quarters of the way through this 2018 Season in the NFL already. It doesn’t seem possible. Yet here we are with everyone down to their last four games. The New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys played last Thursday, so they reached the stretch before everyone else.

The Saints 10-game win streak was snapped by those Cowboys and that’s how we end our third quarter of the season. From my preseason predictions, I had the Saints dropping one game this quarter of the season. I can guarantee this game wasn’t the one I figured we’d lose.

We’ll look at the third quarter of the season and look forward to the final quarter of the season.

Cincinnati

The NFL is a league of parity, by and large. So to see an NFL team completely overmatched and dominated by another one is a rarity. This was the case as the Saints went to Cincy and absolutely destroyed them, 51-14. The Saints scored on every drive except the final one, as the game was already well in hand.

Drew Brees was typically efficient, completing all but three passes on the day for 265 yards. The stars shone brightly on offense. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined for 264 yards of total offense and three TDs while Michael Thomas went for 70 yards and two touchdowns himself. The game started with each team trading scores, but the Bengals wouldn’t score again until garbage time when the game was completely decided.

This game also saw a continuation of solid defense from the games prior, but this one marked something of a defensive uptick, as the D only allowed 14 points to go with four sacks and two takeaways.

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