The New Orleans Saints had what could be described as one of their best primetime game in the history of the franchise. The 38-3 beatdown the Saints delivered to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the worst in Tom Brady’s career, so add that to the record books for Drew Brees.
With this win came the lead in the NFC South as well as the current ‘top dog’ status in the NFC thanks to the tiebreaking conference record. With all of the phenomenal performances on both sides of the ball, especially against a team that was so heavily favored by NFL ‘experts’ there are plenty of overreactions. So, let’s get to it:
The Saints are Super Bowl favorites
A dominating victory over the Buccaneers, who were the mid-season Super Bowl champion, goes a long way in turning heads and starting a narrative. For those who have only watched New Orleans a few times this year, and watched on Sunday night, it would make complete sense on why they believe the Saints are Super Bowl bound.
Clearly all of the pundits are changing their tune after the latest beat down. But there is a reason that everyone (including myself) believed that Tampa Bay were the favorites last night. A lot of it has to do with the Saints defense. Until Sunday night we hadn’t seen much continued improvement through the weeks.
It was also reassuring to see the return of weapons for New Orleans such as Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Their return could have helped mitigate a poor defensive performance. Luckily, we never had to find out.
This team had a phenomenal win, and the momentum will be a massive boost heading into a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers this coming Sunday. However, this was their first complete performance and we will need to see it again before we can claim they are the Super Bowl favorites.
Tom Brady is washed up and finished
I saw this overreaction multiple times last night. The three-time MVP award winner and six-time Super Bowl champion threw for exactly zero touchdowns and three interceptions last night. At 43-years-old one would start to suspect Father Time is catching up to him. Yet, not much criticism or blame has fallen on Brady in the aftermath. Conversely, if Drew Brees were to have that type of night people would be calling for his job and dragged through town via the national media.
Tom Brady = washed.— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) November 9, 2020
At least tonight he is.
That tweet above pretty much sums it up. The New Orleans defense was elite on Sunday night, something we haven’t seen all season. The pressure on Brady was incredible and it made the secondary’s job that much easier. Brady is a competitor, and up until Sunday he was having a decent season with Tampa. Again, most pundits had the Bucs winning this game and a lot of that hinged on Brady’s continued success.
As much as I hate to say it, we can’t yet claim that Brady is done, because I would be arguing the exact same thing about Brees if the roles on Sunday were reversed. For now this is an overreaction, however, if this trend continues we may be singing a different tune in a few weeks.
The New Orleans secondary is one of the best in the NFL
I understand the sentiment. Three interceptions and only 209 passing yards allowed. Oh, and all of that was against the supposed best quarterback of all time and all of his ‘elite’ weapons. Like I said, I get it. However, this secondary has been so incredibly bad this year I can’t bring myself to believing that this is who the unit is vice just an outlier of a performance.
After tonight I'll put the saints secondary in the top three all day— Mike Shephard (@mikeshephard1) November 9, 2020
The secondary was good, and yes, some of their play was made easier thanks to such a dominate performance by the defensive line. However, I really don’t believe that this unit is one of the best in the NFL. On Sunday night it was, but overall, we need to see some more consistency. In regards to the first overreaction, if this unit can regress to the average or just a tad better, then I would believe that this team is Super Bowl bound. Until this secondary can replicate this performance, or come close to doing so, then the notion that they are ‘legitimate’ is nothing more than fans having Black and Gold lenses on.
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