(NEW ORLEANS) — Drew Brees exceeded expectations in his first game since his thumb ligament was torn.
The Saints defeated the Cardinals in a 31-9 blowout on Sunday. The defense once again showed out while giving up only 260 yards and no touchdowns. The unit had three sacks with no turnovers. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is currently tied for fourth in the league with eight sacks. Demario Davis has expressed his leadership in this defense while leading in tackles and giving encouraging pre-game speeches.
Brees threw for 373 yards with three touchdowns to three different receivers. Judging by how well he played, it’s almost as if Drew was never injured in the first place. He proved that the Saints are contenders for the Super Bowl.
The offense played well despite not missing key starters such as Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook. Latavius Murray stepped up for the team in many ways throughout Kamara’s absence. Murray totaled 157 total yards with two touchdowns, one rushing, the other receiving. Michael Thomas has lived up to the hype this year while leading the league in receptions and receiving yards. The offensive line have shown to be one of the best in the league while allowing zero sacks against the Cardinals.
The Saints are 7-1 heading into their bye week with an average strength schedule ahead of them. After the bye week, the Saints will face the Atlanta Falcons who are 1-6 this season. On Dec. 8, the Saints will take on the 49ers, one of the most anticipated games of the season. As of week 8, the 49ers are 7-0, and are proving to be one of the best teams in the league. The Saints can easily clinch a bye in the first round of the NFL Playoffs if injuries do not get in the way.