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The Saints were on the right side of history last night. Life’s Good!

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Good morning Y’all

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start your day.

This is your “After-Saints-Game” breakfast, where we talk about the state of the Black and Gold, we debate the goings-on in the NFC South, and paint the playoff picture in the NFC up to this point of the season. So, sit back, take a bite and a sip while your brain slowly wakes up, and let’s catch up on some football.

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What Just Happened?

· For once, the football gods were with the Saints. I mean, what’s wrong with those gods? Shouldn’t they always side with Saints? Last night, New Orleans completed a miraculous comeback against the Houston Texans, converting the third-longest field goal in franchise history (58 yards) as time expired to beat the Texans 30-28.

· Those very same Texans had just taken a 28-27 lead after trailing 27-21 with just 55 seconds to go in the game and no timeouts. Deshaun Watson completed passes of 38 yards to DeAndre Hopkins and 37 yards to Kenny Stills to score a touchdown in a 75-yard drive that took a whopping 13 seconds.

· The last time the Saints won a season opener was on September 8, 2013. That day, the Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 23-17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, en route to winning six of their first seven games.

· Under head coach Bill O’Brien, the Texans had been 32-2 when leading at halftime, the best record in win percentage in the NFL while leading at half since 2014 (O’Brien’s first year). Last night, Houston was up 14-3 over the Saints at half. That record is now 32-3. (Stat courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info).

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Five Numbers...That Don’t Lie

· 116: The number of 300-yard passing games by quarterback Drew Brees after last night’s performance: Brees was 32 of 43 for 370 yards. Brees has the most 300-yard games in NFL history, ahead of Peyton Manning (93) and Tom Brady (88).

· 49. The number of career game-winning drives by quarterback Drew Brees in the 4th quarter or overtime. The 2nd-most since the 1970 merger (Stat courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info).

· 7.5: The average yards-per-rush recorded by Alvin Kamara last night. Playing in his first game as the “man” in the Saints’ backfield, Kamara had 13 rushes for 97 yards, including two long runs of 28 yards. Overall, the third-year running back accounted for 169 yards from scrimmage.

· 6: The number of sacks of Deshaun Watson recorded by the Saints last night. New Orleans’ defense has some work to do after it nearly gagged up the game in the waning minutes. On the plus side, the defensive line, anchored by the ever-consistent Cam Jordan made Watson’s life difficult last night and gave the Saints’ offense a chance to get in rhythm after scoring only three points in the first half.

· 1: In Monday Night Football history (779 games) there has been only one game in which the lead changed twice in the final minute. That game was last night, when the Texans took the ball with 55 seconds left on the game clock and scored to take the lead. But then then the Saints took the ball with 37 seconds left and returned the favor to win the game. Incredible! (Stat courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau).

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Beignets and Café au Lait Awards

· Fresh Beignets with Hot Coffee: Ted Ginn Jr. I love those stats that get lost in the shuffle. Amid Alvin Kamara’s acrobatic runs, Michael Thomas’ Velcro hands and Wil Lutz’s kicking heroics, Ted Ginn Jr. quietly caught all seven passes thrown his way (a 100% catch ratio) for a cool 101 yards, including a crucial 9-yard reception with two seconds left on the clock to put Wil Lutz in range for his 58-yard field goal.

· More Fresh Beignets and more Hot Coffee: The Superdome Crowd. I freaking love New Orleans and the Who Dat Nation! Did you see the referees’ uniforms in the crowd? The yellow flags? Of course, you did! There is simply no other fanbase that would take something as gut-wrenching as the “NOLA Non-Call” and turn it into an awesome party theme. Stay awesome, NOLA!

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What’s Next?

· The Saints will play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at 3:25 PM CT in L.A., a game that will mark the first meeting between the two teams since that NFC Championship Game that no one has heard about. It almost feels as though the NFL really wants to milk this “Non-Call Gate” thing huh? Well of course! For both teams however, it will be an important matchup that figures to play a potentially big role in who gets homefield advantage in the NFC.

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Super Bowl Odds

Oh yeah, we’re already starting this after week one, yup! According to fivethirthyeight.com, the Saints have the third-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at 9%, behind the Patriots (16%) and the Chiefs (12%). New Orleans has the best odds to win the NFC South division at 64%. Tied for second are the Falcons and Panthers (16%) and in last place, the Bucs at 7%.

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Hey, how come you’re still here? Get some work done! Unless you’re still drunk from celebrating yesterday, then carry on!

Poll

How do you feel about the Saints after last night’s game?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Super confident, they will iron out the kinks and improve. Championship!
    (64 votes)
  • 58%
    Cautiously optimistic, but we dodged a bullet
    (146 votes)
  • 13%
    Very nervous! The defense was a sieve and that’s not going to cut it
    (33 votes)
  • 2%
    I feel like I’ve ingested 20 burgers, I need to recover
    (7 votes)
250 votes total Vote Now