Kansas City Chiefs
You know ahead of time certain games will be tough ones. Kansas City came into New Orleans as the defending Super Bowl champions and they were playing great football.
The Saints were reeling from an inexplicable loss to the Eagles. Drew Brees came back and was playing hurt.
The Saints were again without top receiver Michael Thomas who had been nursing injuries all season. This particular game was brutal with major injuries to Tre’Quan Smith, Marcus Williams and Trey Hendrickson, and the late ejection of Cam Jordan.
So the black and gold were up against it in this game. It wasn’t a pretty game for the Saints. But there was so much positive to come from this game. We were outmanned with the injuries, and by many accounts, the Chiefs are the best team in the league.
And yet we only lost by a field goal. For all the penalties, for all the injuries, for fact that KC outplayed us and FAR out possessed us in the game, we managed to only lose by three points.
The defense was outstanding despite being on the field most of the game. They gave up 32 points but one of those was on an interception, giving KC a short field. Beyond that, the Chiefs had to earn every yard they got. It was a strong defensive effort in the losing cause.
The offense was sluggish again, but after the injury to Tre’Quan Smith, the only starting receiver on the field was Emmanuel Sanders. And with Brees’ injury, the Chiefs shut down the run game and forced Brees to beat them.
The black and gold only converted one third down all game, and it was not a great offensive showing. But they still only lost by a FG. That was a solid confidence booster.