1 What we learned
The 2012 season? What 2012 season? The Saints may not be the NFL’s most complete team, but they are proving week by week they have left the disappointment of a scandal-scarred yesteryear behind and are fully capable of delivering a much brighter future. Despite the continued lack of a ground attack, the Saints wore down and wore out a decent Arizona Cardinals team by a 31-7 count Sunday. New Orleans has established itself, at least early on, as the team the rest of the NFC South will have to come through if it wants to win the division.
2 TRENDING NOW
Drew Brees. Saying he had a good game is a little like saying New Orleans has good food, but the man whose No. 9 will someday be hanging from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome rafters outdid himself Sunday. He completed 29 of 46 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns but also ran for a score on a 7-yard keeper. It was Brees’ 70th career 300-yard passing game (only Peyton Manning, in three more NFL seasons, tops him with 74) and he can tie his NFL record Monday night with a ninth straight 300-yard game against the Miami Dolphins. Any takers?
3 FINAL THOUGHTS
With just the seventh 3-0 start in franchise history, the Saints go into the Miami game in full swagger. And why shouldn’t they? Brees and coach Sean Payton are not only back on the same page but singing in pitch perfect harmony and the defense has gone from frightful liability to absolute strength — and the biggest reason New Orleans is undefeated. Sure, the Saints will eventually come to grief if it can’t pump life into the running game. But right now the Saints are riding the wave, one that shows little sign of cresting before they get to at least 4-0.