I'm approaching the house. Please don't shoot me.In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Kinda sums up the 2008 Saints, doesn’t it?

Oh, if only every week’s opponent were a team who’s 1-18 over their last 19 games. A team that lost.. at home… to Oakland…… by two touchdowns. A team starting its third quarterback, who’s a second year guy from Coastal Carolina with a 26th ranked 76.3 passer rating.

Now don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to give credit to the Saints for their performance, especially on defense. After all, they held the Chiefs to a point total only 21% higher than their 29th ranked average. They only allowed the Chiefs 12.75% more total yards than their 26th ranked average. They only allowed the aforementioned 2nd year guy from Coastal Carolina to throw for 68 yards above his average and his third highest total of the season. No wonder so many people are heaping praise on the defense today. Clearly they’ve arrived.

Gary Gibbs:
Where’s my extension, bitches?!

Indeed, coach. The Chiefs are the fourth opponent the Saints have held to 20 points or fewer this season (with two of the four scoring exactly 20.) Unfortunately, it was only the fifth time this year that the Saints have held an opponent under 30, and the first time in a month.

But hey, the Saints are 4-1 when they hold the opponent under 30. That’s good, right?

Gary Gibbs:
Seriously dude, gimme my fucking extension.

But it wasn’t only great defense that propelled the Saints to victory yesterday, oh no. How about that running game, eh? Clearly Message Board Guy has been right all along. Sean Payton finally committed to the run yesterday to the tune of 25 rushing plays, and the backs responded with 105 yards, for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. Bitchin’.

Oh sure, I bet you’re sitting there saying "But Wang, the Chiefs were dead last in the league in run defense going into yesterday’s game. And after playing the Saints, they’re 31st. They give up an average of 165.4 yards on the ground. The Saints had 60 yards less than that. And the Saints still lost the time of possession battle."

My response to that? Shut up, asshole.

Run the ball and stop the run. It wouldn’t be a cliche if it weren’t true, right? Or something.

I mean, sure, the Chiefs rushed for more than the Saints’ average allowed and the Saints rushed for less than the Chiefs’ average allowed. And the Saints won. By a double digit margin. But the point is that they committed to the run. It’s the commitment that’s important, the results are largely irrelevant. It’s kinda like marriage.

The lesson here for the Saints is obvious. The road to the playoffs is paved with stellar defense and commitment to the run. Two things that clearly the Saints have been capable of all along, but just didn’t think were important. Right, Message Board Guy?

Oh, and opponents who are ranked 26th in total offense and 32nd in total defense. That seems to help quite a bit as well.

The combined record of the five opponents the Saints have beaten is a stellar 17-33. High five!

To be fair, 5 of those losses came at the hands of the Saints. But to be a different kind of fair, 7 of the wins belong to Tampa. But hey, the Saints are 3-1 against the AFC West. So they’ve got that going for them. Which is nice. I guess.

Tom Benson:
We goin’ to da Supa Bow !!!

Oh yeah, no question about it.

Say, here’s a hell of a thing. Who ya got?

Pierre Thomas, Garrett Hartley, Lance Moore, Courtney Roby and Jeff Charleston
Jeremy Shockey, Robert Meachem, Will Smith, Jason David and Roman Harper

Yeah, me too.


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