Welp. Drew Brees can take that loss on his shoulders. What was a very good performance against a very good defense was shot straight to hell with a back breaking interception in the waning minutes of the game. Drew makes 20 million dollars a year for a reason. That reason is to, at the very least, not be the reason New Orleans loses.
Truth be told, I was at a wedding and didn't see much of the game. My friends, being the gems that they are, sent me texts after the brutal choke job and I quickly realized they had taken the L. I can say this much. The defense showed up. Just by looking at the stats and the drive summaries it is pretty clear they were solid for a majority of the game. The same can be said for the offense. Made a few big plays, and put up a solid 23 points in a game where they were very limited rushing.
Dating back to 2009, the motto has always been 'Finish Strong'. The Saints have now blown 3 4th quarter leads and lost all those games in the last few minutes. It's inexcusable. This team is more talented than their 2-4 record. As of now it is safe to say they are soft. When it mattered most, the defense allowed a 10 yard curl route to turn into a 73 yard Golden Taint touchdown. When it mattered most Drew Brees decided to throw yet another telegraphed interception. The clutch moments they used to be so good at have now become a thing of the past. If you had told me the story of that game without using anyone's name I would have bet my life it was a Rutgers' game. I can't have the Saints start losing in true Rutgers' fashion. That's too much for a sane person to handle.
I want to send a very big thank you to the Panthers, Falcons, and Buccaneers. The Saints, with only 2 wins, sit only 1.5 games out of first in the NFC South (with a game in hand). The division is still very much up for grabs, despite how poor the team has looked in basically every single game. That is a blessing. Nothing worse than having your team be out of it 6 games into the season. a 16 game season feels like it lasts a lifetime when the games are already meaningless in October.
The good news is the Saints were the better team for a majority of the game yesterday. Now it's time for some home cookin'. Get a win next week versus the Pack, and start the climb to the top of the division. The season ain't over yet, no matter how bleak it looks.
"I wouldn't take anything back because I think the five years I was there we were able to make history," he said. "We were part of the first and only team to win a Super Bowl in New Orleans, and that's something that's special." -Reggie Bush
Still miss ya Reginald.