Who Dat: Saints stand tall despite Brees’ injury

The NFL season is in full swing, and the New Orleans Saints look to be top Super Bowl contentenders.

The Saints beat the Texans in the opening week 30-28. They then went to face the Los Angeles Rams on the road. Quarterback Drew Brees dropped back and defensive linemen Aaron Donald’s hand hit his hand on a pass attempt.

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The Saints went on to lose that game 27-9. The team figured out later that Brees would be out 6-8 weeks with a right thumb injury. Their upcoming schedule had some tough games, and many people thought that they might not make a Super Bowl run without Brees.

The Saints next went on the road to face the Seahawks. The Saints ended up dominating and surprising most of the critics and winning on the road 33-27.

The Saints next faced the Cowboys at home on Sunday Night Football. The Saints’ defense looked incredible. Cornerback Marshawn Lattimore shutdown Cowboys star receiver Amari Cooper. Teddy Bridgewater did his job, and the Saints won 12-10. The Saints then handled the Buccaneers at home and won 31-24. Teddy Bridgewater looked great and threw for 4 touchdowns.

The Saints then traveled to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. It was a dominant defensive performance. They took home the win 13-6. The Saints traveled to Chicago to take on the Bears. The Saints dominated even with the absence of star running back Alvin Kamara. Running back Latavius Murray stepped up and rushed for 2 touchdowns. Alvin Kamara has looked good and been electric as usual before his injury. Kamara looks to return from his injury soon. Teddy Bridgewater looked the best he had all year and threw for 286 yard, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Bridgewater is 5-0 as a starter. Star wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the league with 62 receptions and 763 yards. The saints offensive line has been one of the best units in the league. The Saints have been able to run the ball dominantly, especially late in games. 

The defense has proved to be one of the best in the league. Cameron Jordan has absolutely dominated the defensive line. He has accounted for 7 sacks and 17 solo tackles. The Saints interior defensive line has looked incredible stopping the run. The linebackers have been outstanding for the Saints.

Brandon High School graduate Demario Davis has been the Saints’ defensive leader. He has been a very forceful run stopper and a good, fast pass rusher off the edge. Linebacker A.J. Klein has been a very good player on the defense helping in the run and in coverage.

The Saints’ secondary has improved tremendously from last year but has not been the best this year. But as of late, the secondary has played phenomenal. Cornerback Marshawn Lattimore has looked like one of the best corners in the league. Safety Marcus Williams has looked phenomenal this year. Eli Apple has looked better from last year. Safety Von Bell has been very good for the defense by creating Turnovers. Rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson has stepped up tremendously in the wake of some injuries.

Sean Peyton did an incredible coaching job in the absence of Brees. The creative play calling and great game planning has proved to be so vital for New Orleans.

The Saints are 7-1 and look to compete for a Super bowl. They are just as a complete team as anyone in the NFL. It is Super Bowl or bust for New Orleans this year.