The New Orleans Saints were able to beat the Arizona Cardinals comfortably Sunday. After a 5-0 stint with Teddy Bridgewater as the starting quarterback, the team welcomed future Hall of Famer Drew Brees back. The defense also continued to play really well in this win. This dominant win also coincided with the team inducting Reggie Bush and Marques Colston into the teams Hall of Fame.
New Orleans Saints Beat Arizona Cardinals
Welcome Back, Drew
As mentioned, Drew Brees made his return in this game. Bridgewater did exactly what the team needed from his in the absence of Brees. However, having a Hall of Fame quarterback back is a game-changer.
Overall Brees went 34/43 for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. It was almost like he didn’t miss any time.
Not only was Sean Payton clearly more comfortable calling pass plays, but Brees is also an expert at making adjustments at the line of scrimmage.
So while Bridgewater performed well, and deserves a ton of credit, Bress just raises the ceiling of this offense to a completely different level.
Continued Production of
The theme of this season has been players stepping up.
Alvin Kamara missed his second-straight game Sunday, thrusting Latavius Murray back into the starting role after he ran for over 100 yards in last week’s win over the Chicago Bears.
Well, Murray showed he was ready to step up again.
On the day Murray got 21 carries and ran for 102 yards on those carries and found the endzone once on the ground. However, his production didn’t stop there.
Murray was ready all day to be a check down for Brees and make something happen after the catch.
To go with those rushing numbers, Murray had nine catches for 55 yards. He also found the endzone on a very nice run after the catch.
If this team is going to reach its goals, Kamara will obviously be needed. However, Murray has shown that he is more than capable and that he can be a great number two to Kamara.
The Arizona Cardinals have a couple of good pass-rushers in Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs.
However, the Saints’ offensive line was able to perfectly neutralize them and keep Brees upright. Not only was Brees not sacked on the day, but he was rarely touched.
Now part of that is a credit to Brees being able to make pre-snap adjustments and knowing where he is going with the ball before it is snapped.
But watching the small amount of pressure they gave up on the day to two edge pass-rushers who have combined for 13.5 sacks, is very impressive.
While the offense is going to garner most of the headlines for the week with Brees being back and having a big game, and Latavius Murray continuing to step up, and Michael Thomas leading the league in receiving, the defense deserves a ton of credit.
They were one of the main reasons for going 5-0 without Brees as they played great during that stretch. Well, that level of play continued today.
They gave up a couple of chunk plays to Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense, but ultimately they were able to keep them out of the endzone.
Running back Chase Edmonds had a strong game against the Giants last week, but the Saints held him to eight yards on seven carries.
With each passing week, this defense is showing more and more that they are capable of carrying this team to wins if the offense sputters. That is great when it comes to trying to win a Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints Beat the Arizona Cardinals: Up Next
The Saints will have a bye week before hosting the Atlanta Falcons on November 10th.
Sitting at 7-1 going into the bye week is a great position to be in. The team is in prime position to make a run at a first-round bye in the playoffs but will have to continue to win and eventually pass the San Francisco 49ers if they want home-field advantage like last season.
This bye week will also allow them to continue to get healthier. It will give Brees a week off to gain even more grip strength in his thumb. It will also allow Kamara to have more time to rest, along with the hopeful return of Jared Cook.
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