New Orleans Saints defense is good enough to win a Super Bowl

P.J. Williams, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
P.J. Williams, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints heard all week about how this game against Tampa would be their first true test. It makes sense after all, as the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl and looked like they were at the top of their game entering this matchup.

Well, the Saints won round one and now move to 5-2 as a result while the Bucs drop to 6-2. A big reason as to why New Orleans pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the week was their defense, who has been pretty top-notch all season long.

With their win over the Buccaneers, it’s time we can say this — The Saints’ defense is good enough to not only get this team to a Super Bowl but to win it.

First off, the pass rush might have had a slow start but with David Onyemata and Marcus Davenport back in the fold, we’re seeing them start to heat up. Cameron Jordan now has sacks in back-to-back games after going sackless through the first five matchups. Anything to help Jordan be a better player is always a good thing for this defense.

The secondary gave up some chunk plays to the Bucs, but Marshon Lattimore has more than shown he’s deserving of his contract extension while Paulson Adebo is coming into his own. C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Malcolm Jenkins, and Marcus Williams continue to lock down the safety position.

This Saints defense could win a Super Bowl

Tom Brady might have thrown for 375 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday but he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble to this Saints D. The second pick Brady threw went into the arms of P.J. Williams, who took it to the house and pretty much ensured a NOLA victory would take place.

Those three turnovers led to 16 points for the black and gold, which ended up being a major difference in a huge game. The offense hasn’t played well this season and that’s likely going to continue if Jameis Winston is set to miss an extended period of time.

The defense knew they’d have to make plays if this team wanted to win and guess what? That’s exactly what they did.

Some might point to this team and say — “How can a team without a good offense make it to the Super Bowl?” Well, in the 2015 season, the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl and won the whole thing despite Peyton Manning looking awful in his final season. Their defense won them that title.

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We’ve also seen quarterbacks like Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer win Super Bowls on the back of their team’s defenses. It’s not as common these days but the Broncos’ title a few years ago showed that defenses truly win championships.

If New Orleans’ offense can just be average, they’ve got a shot to make a deep run this winter.