The New Orleans Saints played their second game without quarterback Drew Brees and continued to overcome the biggest possible adversity.
After all, Brees is the Saints’ best player and is a top-three quarterback in the NFL. He has the experience, certainly has the talent and leadership and is the main focal point of the entire organization.
A lot of naysayers emerged and claimed that the Saints were done without Brees. And so far, those naysayers have been proven wrong.
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To be fair, the Saints have even proven me wrong as well. While I definitely did not think the year was over, I thought the team would be mediocre until he came back, being good enough to allow Brees to lead the comeback charge.
So far that has not been the case at all as the Saints have won both games without Brees under center. These were not won over awful teams, either, as the Saints defeated two playoff teams from a year ago to prove that they have an insanely talented supporting cast around Brees.
First, the team went into Seattle on a rainy Sunday afternoon and beat the Seahawks pretty definitively. The score may suggest otherwise, but the Saints were in control that entire game and the Seahawks only made it that close on a last-second garbage time touchdown.
They then went back home and bested the team that almost completely shut them down last year in the Dallas Cowboys. Last year the Cowboys won 13-10, this year the Saints repaid the favor with a 12-10 win.
Granted, the offense did not look all that great in this game and were even helped by two non-offensive touchdowns the week prior, but they did enough to get the job done. That is all that matters.
The sun is now shining on what appeared to be a dark and dreary time for the Saints as they have gotten the two worst games out of the way. If Brees is out until after the bye then the New Orleans Saints will have played four more games without him and all four are much easier than these two.
The Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who, to their credit, defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday with a 55-point barrage. Jared Goff also looked awful in that game, the Rams’ playcalling was questionable and the Bucs still have Jameis Winston under center.
That definitely is a game that the Bucs can surprise the Saints in, but if they play as they have the last two weeks, it should be no problem for the Saints.
The team is then on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is a sneaky tricky game as it is outdoors in the afternoon and the Jaguars can be extremely hit and miss. Again, a losable game, but the Saints can easily win this game by two scores.
The biggest challenge then comes with the Chicago Bears in Chicago in the late afternoon, nonetheless. But even in that game, we have no idea if Mitchell Trubisky will be back and even if he is, the Chicago Bears’ offense has not been good really at all this year.
Then finally they wrap it up with what should be an easy win at home with the Arizona Cardinals.
It is reasonable to expect that the floor for the Saints over the next four games is 2-2. It is hard seeing the team lose more than two of these games, which would put them right at 5-3 when Brees returns.
Having a 5-3 record when Brees returns as the floor is great news for the New Orleans Saints. The team could easily finish 12-4 with their remaining slate and I would even say that, right now, 13-3 is not out of the picture for the Saints.
This was supposed to be the injury that slowed the New Orleans Saints down. Instead, it has been one that has proven how good this team really is.