Saints come out of bye marching
The New Orleans Saints would not have a first-round bye if the playoffs began this week.
But at 8-3 they’re now just a game back of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoff picture, and the Saints look like they are going to be very dangerous if they can play at home in the Superdome during the postseason.
The Saints came off their bye week and rolled the New York Giants on Monday night, routing them 49-24 as Drew Brees dissected the Big Blue defense. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns. There were no interceptions, and for good measure Brees dove across the goalline at the end of an 8-yard touchdown run. His only error? He missed badly on a slam dunk attempt over the goalpost after his rare rushing touchdown.
“I knew I was going to hear about that," Brees said, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I apologize to Michael Jordan for that one."
The Saints are now 5-0 at home and join the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens as the only teams not to lose in their home buildings. Per Duncan, they’ve outscored their opponents 208-93 at the Superdome, and four of the victories were wire-to-wire.
Keep an eye on New Orleans. They’re going to be tough to beat in a dome. They’ll be even more difficult to defeat in their own backyard.
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