THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFL?
As a long time Saints fan, I'm talking 20+ years, you'll pardon me if I having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that my New Orleans Saints are likely the best team in the NFL. After all, there were two previous seasons in which the Saints started 5-0. The first time, they went 11-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs and the second time, they went 8-8 and didn't even make the playoffs. But alas, this time is very different. These Saints are winning by playing great offense and great defense all at the same time and are showing no signs of letting up. The have never for 1 minute trailed in a game this year. They've scored on the first possession in each of the 5 games so far this year, 4 touchdowns and 1 field goal and they don't let up until time expires in the 4th quarter. With Sean Peyton's aggressive play calling, Drew Brees' uncanny accuracy, Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas averaging over 4 yards a carry and Marcus Colston, Lance Moore and Jeremy Shockey all healthy at the same time and catching everything thrown their way, the offense appears unstoppable. Hell, even Devery Henderson is catching everything this year. Then with Greg Williams calling plays and Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter knocking down or intercepting passes and punishing receivers who try to make a catch, not to mention Vilma plugging up the middle and Smith and Grant finally living up to those big contracts and knocking down quarterbacks, the defense as a whole is the best I've ever seen for a Saints team. Then there is the offensive line, the guys in the trenches who block for those running backs averaging over 4 yards a carry and keep rushers off of Brees so that he can throw to Moore, Colston, Henderson and Shockey. The same offensive line that lost a Pro Bowl right tackle for the season and plugged in a second and third string player in his place and never missed a beat. Finally, the Saints have all the pieces in place to make a run at the Superbowl and barring any major injuries have great chance at representing the NFC in Miami this year. If I'm dreaming, please don't wake me up.
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