If the game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots was a Super Bowl preview, sign me up for the rematch. After a last-second 30-27 triumph by a zombie-like Patriots squad, I'm hoping my preseason prediction of the two teams meeting in the big one comes to fruition.
New England was by far the Saints' staunchest competition, for no other reason than it's the league's most balanced team. The Patriots do a great job of dictating game flow by staying committed to a physical brand of football—despite having one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.
The Saints offense was virtually nonexistent in the first half but came to life in the second half behind a pretty efficient run game—which totally changed the complexion of the game.
The defense played solid overall but had some tendency breakers that ultimately cost them.
Despite the loss, the Saints are sitting as petty as it gets and will ultimately get right back to their winning ways after their bye week.
Here are my takeaways from the game.