The Saints are 12-0. Let me repeat what I just said. The Saints are 12-0. They almost weren't and I was one of those who started saying 11-1 wouldn't be bad because we still won the division yesterday. With the Vikings loss to the Cardinals last night, the Saints would still have had the inside track to home field advantage even if they dropped yesterday's game. But isn't 12-0 much better? There's a lot of disrespect for the way the Saints won yesterday and now I think I can understand what Patriots fans went through in 2007 in terms of getting grief from other fans. Shaun Suishim missed a chip shot field goal from 23 yards out, giving the Saints an opportunity and the Saints won the game in OT.
There are a lot of myths floating around about yesterday's game. Some say the Saints were not the better team yesterday and did not deserve to win it. I'm not going to make excuses, but I will say that we were playing without our starting corners and the field conditions were sloppy. But let's get those myths out of the way.
1) The Saints were not the better team. You can easily call people out on this one. Jason Campbell may have put up 367 passing yards against a depleted Saints defense, but Drew Brees had 419 passing yards. Campbell had three touchdown passes, but Brees had only two. This is why football is a team sport. Your QB does not have to throw more touchdown passes for your team to win. You just have to score more points than the other team. The Saints also won the turnover game. They recorded one fumble (Roby fumbled a ball out of bounds) and Brees threw an interception. The interception ended up not costing us because Robert Meachem stripped the ball from Kareem Moore on that same play and returned it for a touchdown.
2) The Saints did not deserve to win. Tell Shaun Suisham to make his field goals. Tell Mike Sellers not to fumble the ball in overtime. Better yet, tell Washington's defense that they had an opportunity to put the game away in regulation. All they had to do was not give up a big play. We beat Washington in terms of total yards, passing yards , total plays and time of possession. They certainly deserved to win. They stayed in the game and did not give up. No matter how sloppy it looked, the Saints ended up winning the game they were supposed to win.
3) The Saints were exposed. Every team in the National Football League is beatable and I'd be the first to say that the Saints are beatable. But are they exposed just because of this game? I'd say the Saints are vulnerable due to a depleted defense and nothing more. I look at the Saints to do better in their next couple of games to silence all the doubters.