It was a good week to be a fan of the New Orleans Saints. For one, football is back! And two, and most importantly, the Saints are already atop the NFC South as we head into Week 2.
In Week 1, the Atlanta Falcons got manhandled on the road in Minnesota against the Vikings, losing 28-12 in a game that was far more lopsided than even the score might suggest. In the other early kickoff game in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers couldn’t get it done at home against the Los Angeles Rams, losing 30-27 after a costly Cam Newton turnover. Speaking of turnovers, Jameis Winston was responsible for three turnovers in the Buccaneers’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, 31-17 in Tampa Sunday afternoon.
That meant because the Saints played on Monday Night Football, the Saints were already in first place in the division considering the three other teams had already all lost their respective games. Technically, the Saints would remain in first place if they lost too in Week 1 (based off conference record), but a win would go a long way for the standings.
And win they did.
The Saints beat the Houston Texans in a Monday Night thriller, 30-28, on the back of Wil Lutz’s career-best 58-yard field goal as time expired. Your New Orleans Saints are now 1-0, with the remaining division opponents all 0-1 with one game in the books.
In Week 2, the Carolina Panthers host the division-rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football. The New Orleans Saints travel to Los Angeles (1-0) in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game Sunday afternoon. Sunday night, the Atlanta Falcons host Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) in game between two NFC-playoff hopefuls.
You know the Saints will have revenge on their mind in Week 2, but let’s hope everyone keeps their eyes on the prize ahead instead of being worried about what could have been last year.