The offense of the New Orleans Saints is a dangerous bunch. Play them at home, and it is near impossible to stop them.
Despite a slow start, the Saints’ offense led by Drew Brees, who eclipsed 50,000 yards passing for his career, woke up in the second quarter and exposed the Carolina Panthers‘ defense. The Saints used 21 second quarter points to propel the team and rebound from an ugly loss to the Seattle Seahawks to move into sole position of first place in the NFC South and move one step closer to the division title and a potential first-round bye. For the win, do we give the Saints’ offense or defense the credit for the win tonight?
You can argue either way in this situation. From the offensive standpoint, the Saints responded and were able to pick apart the defense of the Panthers, especially in the second quarter. But if you also look at how the defense played, they did a great job at keeping Carolina out of the end zone up until the last five minutes of the game. The old saying is that defense wins championships and the Saints’ defense was really what kept them in the game. If the defense does not show up, the Panthers would have made the game a lot more interesting.
If the Saints are going to go far in the postseason, the defense and offense are going to have to be in sync with one another. If one side of the ball struggles, the other side will have to pick up the slack. If they can do that, this team can make some noise in the postseason.