The New Orleans Saints beat thenAtlanta Falcons to snap their undefeated 8-0 record. Somewhere Sunday afternoon the 1972 Miami Dolphins were celebrating that they are still the only undefeated team in NFL History. This was a big game for the Saints, they needed this win in order to still have their head above the water. This win also showed that the Saints have the weapons they need in order to be competitors in the NFC although they still have a long way to go.
We did learn a couple things during this game:
1) Jimmy Graham is the Saints not-so-secret weapon. Against the Falcons, Graham caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdown
2) Drew Brees is still Drew Brees
3) The Falcons are really good.
4) Jabari Greer can break up a pass
Okay maybe three and four were things we already knew but this game made it even more obvious. Brees threw for 298 yards and three TDs. Keeping his streak alive and healthier than ever. Jabari Greer made the diving play to break up a very possible Matt Ryan to Roddy White touchdown to win the game.
Time control is a big issue for the Saints this game. The Saints had to punt the ball back to the falcons with 40 seconds left on the clock and they were only winning by four points. Luckily for them, coverage on Tony Gonzalez was tight and didn’t allow him to catch that 4th down pass to keep the Falcons hope alive. That mini heart attack experience by Saints fans everywhere could have been prevented if the Saints would have converted that first down and time would have ran down.
After a devastating 0-4 start, there is talk once again of the Saints getting into the playoffs as a wildcard. The Saints play the Oakland Raiders this week and have a good chance of getting to .500. After that, they could hit a large bump in the road. They host the San Francisco 49ers, are at Atlanta then at the Giants. It’s the NFL so anything can happen but realistically speaking, they’ll be lucky to get out of those three games with one win. So lets say that are 6-7 after week 14. They play the Buccaneers so I’ll say 7-7 then at Dallas, sorry cowboys fans but Decembers don’t tend to agree with you so I’m picking the Saints, and they end the regular season hosting the Panthers. That’s a possible 9-7 record. It might be enough to get them into the playoffs but its hard to say. Although it would be a great turn around to that 0-4 start.
Those are just hypothetical situations. In this league you never know what’s going to happen but Saints fans shouldn’t stop believing in their team. It’s been a rough year and they are still pulling through. Don’t lose hope in the Saints. As long as Brees is still the QB they will always have a fighting chance.