Black on black on black baby! And throw in some gold too! How about that massacre? A lot of people will throw this out as 'this is just what the Saints do at home'. They have a point. However, the two previous home wins this season were underwhelming at best. Two close wins over Minnesota and Tampa Bay is not what I would consider the norm. What this win does do, however, is give the Saints a chance to grab hold of first place this upcoming Thursday. A win in Carolina on a short week will restore my faith. As absolutely putrid as the NFC South has been, all you have to do is win it. Get in the playoffs and anything can happen.
That offense made my heart skip a beat. That's what the who dat nation is used to, and it has been missing most of the season. No turnovers was a welcome change. I said it before the season and it still holds true. Mark Ingram is a beast. The only two things holding him back are Sean Payton's play calling and injuries. He was running over would be tacklers like they were roadkill. Shaking off defenders like he was in the Taylor Swift video. Sticking his hand in people's face like they were being too loud during sex. Give me more Brandin Cooks long balls. I don't want it. I need it. Put that 4.3 speed to work. Also good to see Jimmy make some big plays. He is clearly not 100%, but he was still a stud. I know the dunks have been banished by Fuhrer Goodell, but the NFL isn't a no flex zone yet. Those biceps get my heart rate going, no homo.
I couldn't believe my eyes. A pass rush? Interceptions? Pinch me. Is this 2013? So refreshing. This defense has been gouged all year. Their stubbornness in the red zone, and eventual domination in the second half turned this game from a shootout to a blow out. Credit is due where credit is due. A loss at home could have been backbreaking, especially playing on the road on a short week in four days. There's levels to this shit, and Cameron Jordan must have had the cheat codes. His game went from 0 to 100 real fucking quick. I know you can call holding every play, but Junior Galette gets held more than a new born baby. I swear it's three times a game where i say 'well that's definitely a hold' to no avail. Also, I think it's time to burn my Vaccaro jersey tee. While his play has picked up a bit in recent weeks he is still missing a ton of tackles. His noticeable drop in play correlates too strongly to my purchase.
Some people will say the lopsided nature of the win had to do with Rodgers limping gingerly back to the huddle in the 3rd quarter. To that I say, suck it. Fuck Aaron Rodgers. I don't care about Aaron Rodgers, or his smug little smirk, or his poor wittle hamstwing. Grow up Aaron, no one feels bad for you. Eat turf you fairy.
I would be remised if I didn't mention the things that were worrisome. The tacking just simply has to get better. I know Eddie Lacy is an absolute Mack truck of a human being, but you just can't let him, or anyone, get that many yards after contact. There were still some play calling issues. Turning it over on downs early in the 3rd quarter could have been disastrous. Sometimes on third and short it's as simple as giving the ball to Ingram. Payton really over thought it with the fullback call.
Whatever. On to Carolina. Bring on Scam and his feminine wardrobe. Hope that leg is all healed. One step too slow and Junya is putting ya in a body bag. Bring the same effort, and the same execution, and the boys should be heading back to NOLA in sole possession of first place. Yeah, it will be in the worst division possibly in history. Not my chair, not my problem.
Who Dat Say Dey Gon' Beat Dem Saints?!?
For all those non-believers….