The Saints Demolish the Patriots

by Ryan on December 1, 2009

in Sports

Ugh.

It started out well — the defense kept the New Orleans Saints to 3 points, then the New England Patriots offense marched 80 yards to score a touchdown on their first drive of the night.  Woo hoo!

That would be the highlight of the Pats’ evening.  The undefeated Saints subsequently demolished the young and inexperienced Patriot defense 38-17 by the time it was all over.  By the second half, there was a lot of pressure on Tom Brady too.  Coach Bill Belichick even put in back-up quarterback Brian Hoyer for the last two drives!

What happened?  Simple:  the Saints are for real (in a nice warm dome anyway) and the Pats still have major issues.

When Brady’s on, he’s incredible.  When he’s off… well, that’s when the defense needs to step up.  That’s what’s been missing this season.  The Pats could likely go 11-5ish this season (they’re 7-4 now) and maybe win the division with that terrible defense, but as they say: “defense wins championships.”  Ask the 2000 Ravens, the 2001 Pats, the 2002 Bucs,  and the 2007 Giants and I think we can all agree that’s true.

As a burgeoning Yankee fan, I can appreciate what it’s like rooting for a team which is expected to win every season.  The Pats are having a generally good year by most standards, but for spoiled Pats fans like myself, fairly or unfairly I expect more from the Golden Boy and the Evil Genius than last night’s 38-17 embarrassment.

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Mike December 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I think the Saints are for real too. And since they will be playing their playoff games inside that nice warm dome, I don’t think they have too much to worry about.

I must disagree with one comparison though. The Patriots are not the Yankees of the NFL. That honor, by definition, belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cheer up though, at least the Pats will win the AFC East, probably.

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