A win is a win, but the Saints cannot treat this as such.
The fact that this game was remotely close for a while is worrisome. If the Saints are the juggernaut they are supposed to be, they are expected to dominate against an 8-8 team with a negative point differential. Instead, they had to rely on their opponent’s miscues to have success.
For the most part, though, my concerns with New Orleans stem far greater to this game. Payton’s conservativeness has been a problem all year, as had been their lack of explosiveness and reliance on their rushing game and third-down situations.
This is the worst offense the Saints have ever had in Payton-Brees era, which isn’t exactly ideal as they are competing for a Super Bowl title.
With the Bucs, who are an elite all-around team firing all cylinders up next, it will take some turning back the clock to keep Brees’ hopes of a second Super Bowl title alive!