OPINION

Who Dats rollin’on

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief

Laissez le bon temps rouler – pardon my French. Let the good times roll on as the New Orleans Saints sit at 3-0, after an impressive 31-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Drew Brees picked the Patrick Peterson-led Cardinals secondary apart like cotton as my dad would say. But to no surprise as it comes to me.

Year in and out, the Saints are the team that’s left out of the Super Bowl contention talk and conference contention. As of late, we aren’t merely afforded to be tabbed as NFC South contenders. With the exception of last season, due to the Saints’ “Bounty-gate” scandal, New Orleans is always a team over-looked and each year it proves worthy of any top-5 preseason ranking. Here we are and the heels of week 3, after having two division rivals in weeks one and two, and still barely crack the top-5 in the rankings. Does strength of schedule have anything to do with the rankings?

There has been no team as dominant as the Saints have been through the first three games in the NFC. Of course in the AFC, Peyton Manning and the Broncos are looking really strong against any opponent and deserve to boast the top spot. And Seattle has been looking really strong as well, but against only one quality opponent through its first three games and that’s the San Francisco 49ers. The other two wins were against below average teams in the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Who Dats have knocked off two of its toughest division rivals, one in the Superdome and one on the road, returned home for a game against a young and emerging team in the Arizona Cardinals and are still unblemished. Each week the Saints’ defense gets stingier and stingier, but yet the Saints are still overlooked as anybody’s contenders.

Let me be the first to tell you not to be surprised when you see a Manning-Brees rematch in Super Bowl 48 in New York.

Obviously the Saints defense has gotten better, way better. Even when Brees and the offense isn’t clicking, the Rob Ryan-led defense knows how to keep the opponent off the scoreboard. There have been times where the offense would see a three-and-out, and normally that’s the sign that we may be in trouble, but Ryan’s defense is for real. He’s getting the best out of the Saints’ front three and the defensive secondary is having a heck of a year, especially rookie Kenny Vaccarro.

With Sean Payton back on the sidelines calling the shots, I’m not worried about the inconsistency our offense has shown or the struggles we still face with running the ball. It’s still early in the year and they are all things that can and will be worked out. Despite the offensive worries at times, the Saints remain unbeaten through the first three weeks. From here, I can only see things getting better as the Who Dats roll on!

Blessings