The New Orleans Saints might be one of the hottest teams in the NFL as they improved to 3-0 and sit atop the top of the NFC South standings. The Saints blew out the Arizona Cardinals to the tune of 31-7, and the team seems to be on a mission of redemption. While Drew Brees and the offense were unstoppable in this game, it was the defense, specifically the secondary, which helped secure the week three win for the Saints.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was only able to complete 18-of-35 passes for 187 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Furthermore, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was only able to catch five passes for 64 yards. This game was a nice showing for the Saints’ secondary that was arguably the worst in NFL history last season.
The Saints’ secondary is vastly improved so it is no surprise that two newcomers stepped up big for the Saints. Rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro and Keenan Lewis each had an interception and also combined for 10 tackles and three passes defended. If the Saints’ secondary can play like this every week then they could be a very dangerous team.
With the Saints improving to 3-0 they are becoming a legitimate threat in the NFC, and with the Saints hosting the Miami Dolphins next week they would like to continue their win streak. The Saints will need their secondary to play as well as they did this week in order to pull out another win.
The season still may be young, but the Saints are looking like the real deal through three weeks. Furthermore, with an improved defense and elite offense the Saints are looking like one of the best teams in the league.