The New Orleans Saints improved to 3-5 on the season after they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night with a final score of 28-13. Drew Brees had a good game as he accounted for two touchdowns and threw for 239 yards. However, this night, unbelievably, belonged to the Saints’ defense. I cannot remember the last time I had something good to say about the Saints’ defense but it is refreshing to praise them now.
Going into the Monday night contest the Saints’ defense was ranked last in the league and to be honest I was not expecting much from the Saints’ defense on Monday night. However, they proved me wrong and I was completely wowed by their effort. Cornerback Patrick Robinson got things going in the first quarter when he intercepted Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick.
Robinson turned his interception into a 99 yard pick-six and the Saints grabbed control and never looked back. Robinson’s interception was the highlight of the game but it was not the only contribution the Saints got on the defensive end. The Saints also had a team total of 76 tackles and a season high seven sacks as they pressured Vick all night. Defensive end Cameron Jordan accounted for three of those seven sacks as he had a huge impact for the defense all night.
This is what Saints’ fans have been waiting for all season and the defense did not disappoint. When Steve Spagnuolo came in as the defensive coordinator this is exactly what he had in mind for how the defense should be performing. Hopefully this will not be a one-hit wonder for the Saints and the defense will need to play like this more consistently to save their season.
The Saints will have a tough game in week ten as they will be squaring off against their biggest division rival, the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. This will be the toughest game for the Saints this season and it will be a must-win game for the Saints. The Saints’ offense is still very potent but this game will come down to their defense. If the Saints can play well on both sides of the ball then they will have a chance to beat the Falcons, but it will not be easy by any means.