Offense peaking at the right time
The Saints offense is just firing on all cylinders at the most critical juncture.
Michael Thomas has been the steady pillar the entirety of the season. The Saints not only can confidently add Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara back into their lethal arsenal, but they are operating with Brees at his prime.
Jared Cook & Alvin Kamara
Admittedly, Jared Cook appeared to be a tremendous bust the first half of the season. He seemed sluggish, wasn’t getting open on routes and dropped quite a few balls.
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In December, he quietly and quickly emerged as a huge threat on the Saints offense and presents as a nightmare matchup with a huge catch radius.
Most importantly, he’s a credible option to relieve necessary pressure and coverage off of Thomas. Drew should have an absolute field day shredding their vulnerable secondary.
Then there’s Kamara, who seemed to be in the witness protection program for half the season as well. He ran with noticeable trepidation and was likely injured more than let on; thankfully, his block on Cook’s TD run against the Titans shocked him awake. Kamara, as did Cook, had an explosive end to the season and this trajectory should only go up.
At this time last year, the Saints were a little stifled and were struggling offensively on the decline. This year is the exact opposite.
The Saints are ramped up and have been ascending offensively as of late. The key man in the middle of all of that is Drew Brees. Drew has been playing lights out and has been a privilege to watch this season. He’s been decisive, in control, and essentially flawless.
Perhaps the thumb injury made him realize how fleeting these opportunities are. Or maybe it was an alleviating period of rest.
Either way, the Saints enter the playoffs with Brees at his absolute prime, with a supporting cast who have all risen to the occasion. The Vikings will have an arduous endeavor trying to contain threats of Thomas, Kamara and Cook with Brees at his best.