The San Francisco 49ers were one of the big odds-on favorites to come out of the NFC and go to the Super Bowl. It has been assumed their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks, have the best chance to stop them. Well, the New Orleans Saints need to be added to that list. The Saints just beat down the Miami Dolphins 38-17 on Monday Night Football.
Veteran quarterback Drew Brees continued to show that he is still one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Brees completed 30 passes out of 39 attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions.
New Orleans has made the smart additions to their organization. They brought back head coach Sean Payton and added Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator. It is more than apparent that the Saints are on a mission to have league commissioner Roger Goodell hand them the Lombardi Trophy. Payton is one of the best play-callers in the league, and Ryan has taken one of the worst defenses in history and made them stout.
The Saints are 4-0 and will have a matchup against the 49ers in Week 11 in the Superdome. New Orleans’ defense has been aggressive and has been making plays since Week 1 even with defensive end Will Smith out for season and linebacker Jonathan Vilma injured. Both are expected to return.
If San Francisco expects to beat the Saints in Week 11, they will have to run the football (as they should do in every game) and keep Brees on the sideline. Defensively, they need to run nothing but nickel packages, because New Orleans’ offense is dynamic.