Many thought the Saints might not survive after losing Drew Brees for 6 weeks, but media across the web have them universally ranked in the NFL’s top ten.
The Week 3 power rankings are in. And the Saints…. are a top-ten team in the NFL after their 33-27 Week 3 victory.
This doesn’t really come as a shock, but what would’ve happened if the Saints would’ve found a way to lose in Seattle could’ve been catastrophic to their ranking. Everyone was already down on the Saints following Drew Brees’ thumb injury that’ll put him out till at least Week 10.
However, Week 3 wasn’t about Brees’ absence or Bridgewater’s capabilities. It was about Alvin Kamara, who proved he’ll be New Orleans’ workhorse and the main offensive threat for the team with the future Hall of Fame quarterback out.
They were also able to get a special team’s score and a defensive score, two things that don’t typically happen in any given week. Those two scores helped make up for an offense that was rather stagnant in the first half.
Kamara, Thomas and Bridgewater finally got going in the second half, scoring two touchdowns. That said, the Saints, week-over-week, remained relatively unchanged. Since their Week 2 loss, they’ve yet to break into the top-tier teams that include New England and Kansas City.
NFL.com’s power ranking has the Saints barely as a top-ten team. Teams like San Francisco are above them. I know they’re undefeated, but San Fran is not a more complete team than New Orleans, with or without Brees leading the charge.
Places like ESPN have the Saints ranked No. 7. That seems to be the most common spot for New Orleans, and it’s certainly the fairest, leading the charge of teams that are 2-1. However, as both the team and fans know, there is still room to improve.
The Saints lost three games in the 2018 regular season even after basically forfeiting Week 17. They’re a complete roster with solid lines on both sides of the ball, a capable secondary and offensive weapons that rival any other team in the league.
It’ll just be a matter of time before this team truly hits their stride. Also, after their initial start, the Saints schedule becomes far easier.