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Overreactions: Saints vs Giants

Have the Saints peaked at the right time?

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The New Orleans Saints may have had their most complete game of the 2023 season on Sunday, taking down the New York Giants 24-6 inside the Caesars Superdome.

With the win, New Orleans is back to .500 at 7-7 and remains tied with Tampa Bay for the NFC South lead.

The Saints defense had seven sacks on the afternoon, including three from Tanoh Kpassagnon, his first three-sack game of his entire career.

With this all-around performance, have the Black and Gold turned a corner in 2023?

NFL: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Carr was incredible

After dealing with major criticism for his performances over the last few weeks, Derek Carr played arguably his best game as a Saint today, completing 23 of his 28 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Does 218 yards jump off the page at you? No, not at all. But the consistency in which Carr continued to find his skill players (without Mike Thomas and Chris Olave being in the lineup) was a big step in the right direction for an offense that has struggled all season long to find its identity. I still think this group will be better served with a new offensive play-caller in 2024, but it’s hard to complain about what we saw today.

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Not one... not two... not even three... SEVEN

The Saints defense had a really big afternoon facing an offense that had won its previous three games and had a top 5 running back in Saquon Barkley. However, New Orleans held Barkley to just 14 yards rushing and were able to get to Tommy DeVito seven times in this game, including three from Kpassagnon and two from rookie Bryan Bresee. The Saints have struggled to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks several times throughout the season, so it was refreshing to see them get home so many times against the Giants.

NFL: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Saints ride this momentum through the rest of the season?

With this win, the Saints have now won back-to-back games after losing the previous three before that. Now at 7-7 and tied for first in the division with Tampa Bay, could the Saints use this win at home to ride through the next three games with Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta? The short, four-day week before playing the Rams will not be an easy thing to overcome, but if the Saints can continue to play the way they’ve played on both sides of the ball over the next few games, there’s no reason to believe that the Black and Gold couldn’t make a decent run into the playoffs and having something to build on for 2024.

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