Tuesday Morning Running Back Week 13: Saints Continue Marching On Gifts
Yeah, I know it's Wednesday, but when you're in the midst of finals, sometimes things take priority.
But at least I didn't forget you my loyal fans.
Now then, the Saints had no business winning that game last Sunday.
I mean they got lucky on a couple of fluke plays, and when they needed to get lucky, the opposing team's kicker missed a gimme field goal.
Perhaps even more shocking, is that replay reversal helped them get into field goal range to steal an improbable victory over the Washington Redskins.
I guess we shouldn't be that surprised. After all, New Orleans seems like their a team of destiny, with their perfect record and high octane offense it is no wonder they are being compared to the 2007 Patriots.
It is my belief that every team with destiny on their side has a watershed moment that makes you believe that the team can reach the pinnacle.
For the Saints, it was Sunday, when Drew Brees lead an eighty-yard drive in under a minute to tie the game.
But Brees didn't do it all himself as teammate Robert Meacham took advantage of a fumble off a Brees interception to keep the Saints in the game.
Add to that the missed field goal by Redskins kicker Shawn Suisham, and you've got a recipe for a fate induced miracle victory.
But should we really be surprised?
And so, the Saints march on towards perfection.
Now all that's left is to see if they actually get there.
Elsewhere in week 13 action:
- I truly believe time of possession in an underrated statistic in today's game. For the most part, if you control the ball you control the game. That's why the Colts won on Sunday.
- I's about time Brandon Jacobs broke out, he used his hatred of the boys from Dallas as motivation to break out and have a big day. In the process, the Giants proved that they still have life.
- You want to know why the Patriots lost to the Dolphins? Their secondary stinks.
- If the Patriots win the AFC East that's just a testament to how poor a division it truly is.
- One last shot at my hometown team: If you look up the word ripoff in the dictionary, you'll see Adalius Thomas's picture.
- Another sure indicator of a loss is red zone inefficiency. The Buccaneers were in the red zone eight times on Sunday and only scored six points. The five turnovers didn't help either.
- I certainly learned a lot about the Vikings Sunday night. If you stop Adrian Peterson, you stop the offense. Peterson was held to only 19 yards, and the Cardinals used a big night from Anquan Boldin to ride to victory.
- The story line of the Eagles/Falcons game was the return of Michael Vick. While he did not disappoint, the real story in my book is that the Falcons are that bad without Matt Ryan or Michael Turner.
- The Jaguars were helped by two costly fumbles by the Texan's Chris Brown in getting a win. Sounds to me like one team got an early Christmas present.
- Hey Kyle Orton, don't worry man. So what if you threw three picks? The ground game bailed you out big time and you got a win. It's all good.
- Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the Steelers would lose four in a row and lose to the Raiders at home in the same season.
- The good times keep rolling for the city of Cincinnati. The Bearcats won a thrilling game over Pit on Saturday, and the Bengals have assured themselves of a winning record for only the second time in 19 years.
- Add the 49er's to the list of teams that were bitten by the turnover bug on Sunday. It ended up costing them big.
- The Bears started strong, but then Devin Hester went down with a calf injury, and they relied too much on the ground game. It's a good thing you can afford to do that when you're facing a team as bad as the Rams.
- It was a good day all around for the Chargers. LaDainian Tomlinson passed Jim Brown on the all time rushing list, the team itself has one seven straight, and thirteen in a row in the month of December. Now if they can only find a way to win in the playoffs.
- Seven combined turnovers and 23 combined penalties, only one word describes the Packers/Ravens tilt, ugly.
- Quick little plug for a close friend and new bleacher creature. My pal Ben Krantz has begun writing a series of articles on forgotten baseball Hall of Famers that you should definitely check out. But then again, I taught him everything he needed to know.
- See you next week for more Tuesday Morning Running Back. Jimmy Football says it's Bleacher Report tested Bleacher Report approved!
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