The New Orleans Saints are finishing up their bye week. Everyone around the team awaits this week’s injury list. Hopefully, the extra time off helped those who were ailing. Upcoming in week seven awaits the Seattle Seahawks, a team who is also on the wrong side of the Injured Reserve list. While this game will be analyzed as the week goes on, now is a good time to look back on the first five games of the season. These are five overreactions to the Saints first five games of the NFL season.
Overreactions to the Saints First Five
Jameis Winston is not the answer to the Saints quarterback long term. Winston has played well-enough this season. He has been a great teammate and good quarterback so far but this is not the Sean Payton offense. Winston is playing under a one-year deal right now and could be elsewhere soon. His play has not warranted an extension yet. Taysom Hill is not the answer either. If he could not beat out Winston, then he could be with another team next season. With several quarterbacks potentially available next season as well, the Saints long-term option at quarterback is likely not on the team currently.
Blake Gillikin is already the best punter in the league. Gillikin has played just five games in the NFL and is already at the top of most punter categories. The Saints moved on from fan-favorite Thomas Morstead because Gillikin was waiting to take over. Those around the Saints kept him hidden due to his age. This sets the Saints at punter for the next decade.
Given how they’ve looked so far, are the Saints going make the playoffs?
This poll is closed
Yes they are!
No they are not!
Maybe, ask me again in 5 games.
Playoffs!!! Playoffs??? You kiddin’ me?
Marshon Lattimore has already proven to be worth his long term deal. Some players can slack off after hitting it big. Lattimore received a five-year, $97 million contract at the beginning of the season. Since then, Lattimore has been locking down opposing wide receivers. Even with a hand injury, Lattimore has been one of the best cornerbacks in the entire NFL. After having a down year in 2020, Lattimore has proven doubters wrong so far this season. This week he will have draw D.K. Metcalf, which is likely to be worth watching every play.
The Saints defensive success is decided by the linebackers. The defensive front of the Saints has been good to great most of the time. Lattimore and the secondary has also been good this season. And even though Demario Davis is one of the league’s best, the Saints linebackers as a whole have been a detriment to the defense. When the Saints defense is great though, it is because the linebackers are playing well. Kwon Alexander should be returning soon from injury. Hopefully between these two good backers, they can get more out of the inexperienced players like Pete Werner and Zack Baun.
The Saints have the worst wide receiver unit in the entire NFL. On the season, the Saints receivers have 39 total receptions. Only two receivers have more than 10 receptions and just three have scored a touchdown. The Saints offense as a whole has been rough but it does not help that the receivers are playing so badly. There is likely not a worse wide receiver unit in the entire NFL. With Michael Thomas still not having a timetable to return from injury, there is little hope in the near future either. Tre’Quan Smith could return in week seven, which should help some.