Because while the Saints are revving into high gear, in the most significant pre-season game, other things have been happening around the league. Such as:
• Brett Favre goes 18 of 26 for 187 yards and two interceptions--a passer rating of 57.6--and Adrian Peterson gains 37 yards on 11 carries--3.3 yards per carry. Against the Seahawks.
• Matt Moore completes 18 out of 33 for 190 yards, but no scores--a passer rating of 71.5--and DeAngelo Williams gains 13 yards on 9 attempts--1.4 yards per carry.
• Matt Ryan completes 13 out of 26 for a mere 103 yards, with 1 TD and 1 interception--a passer rating of 57.0--while Michael Turner rushes for 47 yards on 16 attempts--or 2.9 yards per carry.
• Meanwhile, the Bucs racked up 191 total yards and 9 first downs in losing to the Jaguars.
• Dallas may have fared worst of all, considering the expectations of the media. Tony Romo tossed 13 completions in 18 attempts, for 147 yards and one interception. No scores. The Dallas first team did not score. Felix Jones got 6 yards on 3 carries. Tashard Choice got 5 yards on 2 carries. And Marion Barber carried the ball 4 times for -2 yards. 13 net yards rushing. In three games so far this preseason, the Cowboys rank 30th in yards, 23rd in points.
The Saints? We're 1st in yards, 2nd in points (behind Green Bay...the only team that really scares me). The Panthers are dead last in both categories. The Falcons--which ESPN picked to be the best team in the NFC this season--are 29th and 16th, respectively.
Yeah, I know...it's just preseason. Means nothing. Has no bearing on reality. The Saints and Packers being exactly where you would expect them to be cannot be taken as any indication that these stats are meaningful. I shouldn't have brought it up.