All Hail Drew Brees: New Orleans Saints up to No. 2 in NFL Power Rankings
The New Orleans Saints have bounced up to No. 2 in the NFL’s official power rankings following a dominant victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Entering halftime up 20-0, the New Orleans Saints put up arguably their best performance of the season on primetime football.
Better yet, Drew Brees, in his four-touchdown performance, set the record for most passing touchdowns in NFL history. He also set a record for the best completion percentage in a single game in NFL history. What can’t the superstar quarterback do?
The Saints won 34-7, holding the Colts scoreless through three quarters. It felt like the entire game was just going New Orleans’ way, and the Colts just fell down helpless and are now out of playoff contention.
What’s most impressive is that the Saints defense was able to get better even with the discouraging news they were given earlier this week. The team was told they’d be without Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins, two starters on the line, will be out.
While the Saints only had one sack, their defense was swarming and their secondary help Jacoby Brissett to under 170 yards. This was a complete performance and moved them up from No. 4 to No. 2 in the NFL’s official power rankings.
“All hail Drew Brees, who decided one incredible NFL record wasn’t enough on Monday Night Football…. Here’s your reminder that Brees enjoyed his nearly perfect night at 40 years old. Man. The night was nearly perfect as a whole for the Saints, who came within one garbage-time score of a shutout, one week after the Niners hung 48 points on them at home. New Orleans will need some outside help to land a first-round bye, but this team looks as dangerous as any in football with two games to go,” NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus wrote.
The two-loss Ravens are No. 1. There isn’t a single team that’s truly figured out how to slow down MVP-favorite Lamar Jackson. However, the Saints haven’t had a chance to shoot their shot at the young, dual-threat stud yet.
Currently, the New Orleans Saints are No. 3 in the NFC. The Seahawks, the top overall seed, come in at No. 3. The Packers, the No. 2 seed, come in at No. 7. The 49ers, the current No. 5 seed, are fourth in the NFL’s power rankings.
While these do vary and matter little compared to the actual inner-conference standings, these do give a quality gauge on where teams are, and following a myriad of injuries, it’s nice to see New Orleans still putting on dominant performances against quality opponents.
Their take on the Tennessee Titans next week and the Carolina Panthers the following week to round out the season.