The New Orleans Saints improved to 6-2 after handling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with ease on Sunday, and are turning into legitimate contenders in the NFC. But don’t tell that to defensive end Cam Jordan and the rest of the team, who are hitting the reset button on their record.
“We’re 0-0. It’s the second half of the season, talk to me in three or four games and then maybe I’ll say we’re on a winning streak,” Jordan said in post game locker interviews.
Perhaps the best thing about this New Orleans team, who has been a big talk of the league after coming back from their 0-2 start to 2017, is the fact they aren’t buying into the hype. They know they have to improve. The Saints hold onto first place in the NFC South, and have an all-important 2-0 record in the division. However, as Drew Brees pointed out, they aren’t close to tapping their potential.
"Division wins are great. We're still striving to play our best game and we haven't achieved that," Brees said.
Mistakes and miscues were certainly evident in Sunday’s win, as the Saints now have 9 turnovers in their past four games. Sooner or later, that will catch up. Alvin Kamara, who admittedly said he was pissed after his fumble, still had a huge day against the Buccaneers. But at the same time, the mistakes made have only helped players rally around one another.
Even with some turnover issues, these particular Saints have such a different feel to them. As New Orleans picked up their third victory at home this season and are now 3-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, they certainly have their fans rallying behind them. Sean Payton made it a point to talk about the Superdome crowd being good, and that it’s fantastic. Cam Jordan echoed that sentiment, saying that he loved the intensity and energy that fans brought on Sunday.
“We feed off of it,” Payton said.
At one point, the noise meter in the Superdome climbed to over 108 decibels. There’s been a much different feel to home games this season, and the team’s 12th man has really been deafening to the opposition. It’s a scary thought to think if New Orleans can continue their winning ways and get into the postseason how much of an advantage playing at home will be.