If I said I saw this coming, I would be lying. Normally, I look at matchups to determine the keys to watching the game. But given the play between the Bengals, Ravens and the Steelers, I thought we were overmatched. I was wrong. The Saints dominated at both lines of scrimmage at times. A fleeting injury to Roethlisberger affected his throwing for a few series but at the end of the game, he was throwing well.
It was the Saints defense against the run and the pass that was the biggest force to keep the Saints in the game early as the offense struggled initially. But when Brees and the offense took off, they took off. Brees had five touchdowns on the day, and one was a beauty to Nick Toon. Both Toon and Morgan were involved in the rotation, and their play will be needed down the stretch. Brees has begun to develop rapport with Toon which will be very necessary in the future. How about those Kenny Stills catches? Contested and tough. The running game was not dynamic but the Saints stayed faithful to it. I liked the physical play of the Saints, and two interceptions of Roethlisberger were golden.
We will have more detailed coverage later in the week but wanted to jot down these celebratory thoughts. Never count out the Saints, and their will to win and make some noise.