Defending champion Saints finding their stride at crucial time (1 Viewer)


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Dec 15, 2009
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For those of you who have anointed the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles or the New York Giants as the team to beat in the NFC, you may want to consult with the New Orleans Saints before giving away the crown.The defending Super Bowl champions have quietly found their stride behind a rejuvenated offense, and opponents should be concerned about the budding juggernaut The Saints have reeled off six consecutive wins, and their explosive offense has been the catalyst to the surge. New Orleans has scored at least 30 points in five of those contests on the way to becoming one of four teams with at least 10 wins at this point.When thinking about the Saints' offense, it's natural to tab Drew Brees as the straw that stirs the drink. Brees is a deadly accurate thrower with outstanding arm strength, anticipation and touch. He has the uncanny ability to accurately throw to his receivers when open, yet is patient enough to take the check down when defenders fly out of their zones to stop the deep ball. By simply connecting the dots, Brees has connected on 68 percent of his passes for 3,855 yards with 28 touchdowns. Although he inexplicably leads the league with 18 interceptions, his 93.6 passer rating ranks ninth in the league.
In taking a closer look at Brees' high interception totals, it is apparent that the loss of key personnel led to some of the questionable decisions. The veteran forced the ball into tight windows in an attempt to produce big plays, but the risky throws have repeatedly landed in the hands of swarming defenders. Part of Brees' woes can be attributed to the veteran feeling the need to take on a bigger burden with several of his pivotal playmakers on the sideline. However, the return of Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and Jeremy Shockey should alleviate that pressure.

Also includes a nice play by play break down vid of the our first winning drive vs. the Rams.
Great video. Says everything I have been thinking. Some of the experts get it.

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