What we learned in Week 10 of NFL

in Here is your first Forum Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:23 am
by pinkpink • 764 Posts

What in the name of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush is going on in New Orleans? The Saints are on pace for 2,275 rushing yards. The last time they hit 2,000 in a season was 2011, a season in which they went 13-3 and lost to the Alex Smith 49ers in a wild playoff game.

The time before that was 2009, when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Yes, it's a fun little secret of the Drew Brees era that the Saints have been title contenders whenever they've had a running game and a decent defense, and hoo boy, do they have those things this season.

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have combined for 1,089 rushing yards in the first nine games. Ingram is seventh in the league with 864 total yards from scrimmage. Kamara is 13th with 790. Brees didn't even have to throw a touchdown pass Sunday in a 47-10 victory over a Buffalo team that was 4-0 at home before the Saints showed up.
I could make some New Orleans party crack here, but what the Saints are doing is no joke. They've already matched their win total (seven) from each of the previous three seasons, and they have seven games left to play.
You and I might have thought Brees was crazy last summer when he signed that contract extension because he wanted to try to win one more with this team before it was all over, but a brilliant 2017 draft and a recommitment to the formula that has always worked best for Brees and Sean Payton have the Saints back in first place. An NFC South team has been to the Super Bowl each of the past two years, and these Saints think it could be their turn.
Oh, it didn't come easy. No, sir. The Jaguars needed the Chargers to exert every last bit of their late-game Chargerness to pull this one off. But pull it off they did, and the Jags sit at 6-3 and tied for first place in the AFC South.
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There's a long way to go, and the division could come down to a New Year's Eve game against Tennessee, which already beat Jacksonville once. But if this keeps up, Coughlin's tone-setter, three-hour, padded training Pavel Bure Jersey camp practices are going to look like the work of a genius -- a mad genius, maybe, but a genius nonetheless.


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