New Orleans Saints
Before the 2012 season began, if I had told New Orleans Saints’ fans the team would be 5-5 after 10 games, they would have been very disappointed. But if I had told Saints’ fans in late September that New Orleans would eventually reach 5-5, a second line parade may have started in Mid-City.
For the first time all season, the Saints won in convincing fashion, 38-17 over the Oakland Raiders. Like any diehard fan, I fully expected the Saints to defeat the Raiders. But as the sandwich game between the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, I thought New Orleans would overlook the Raiders and need late heroics to pull out the win.
This was also the first time all season that the Saints played well in all phases of the game. The offense had their way with the Raiders, both in the running game and passing game. The defense gave up lots of late yardage, but they also forced turnovers and sacked the QB. Even Travaris Cadet ran a kickoff back to the Raiders’ 27-yard line.
I’m not sure who or what lit a fire under Mark Ingram, but the Saints’ former first round draft pick is finally playing up to expectations. After Cadet’s kickoff return, Ingram ran 27 yards for a TD and made it look easy. Maybe the reemergence of Chris Ivory has made Ingram realize that playing time in New Orleans is not guaranteed.
The Saints’ win over the Raiders was so easy that we actually had a Chase Daniel sighting late in the game. But I noticed that Drew Brees never took off his helmet and I could tell he didn’t like being on the sidelines. However, if New Orleans is going to keep its playoff hopes alive, Brees needs to stay healthy once the outcome is decided.
Living in New Orleans, I can personally attest that Saints’ fans have been looking forward to the 49ers game more than any other. Both the fans and players are looking for payback after last season’s heartbreaking playoff loss. The Superdome will be crazy and I fully expect New Orleans to move to 6-5 at the 49ers’ expense.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of the New Orleans Saints. Patrick’s favorite Saints season was 2009 when New Orleans won Super Bowl 44. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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