Drew Brees finally was able to play for the first time since injuring his thumb against the Rams. Needless to say, he did not skip a beat. The Saints were able to control the Cardinals who came in winning their last three games. The team shined in all aspects of the game and go into the bye week with a 7-1 record. This game, we looked the biggest playmakers in another team victory:
Old Man Still Has It
We all know what kind of player Brees is. It comes as no surprise that he had no rust whatsoever. He finished the game 34 of 43 for 373 with three touchdowns and an interception. That is the most yards he has thrown since week 3 of 2018. Some were skeptical about having him play but it was all for the better. The league is really in trouble now.
The L-Train Keeps Rolling
Alvin Kamara has been hampered with knee and ankle injuries the past few games. Latavius Murray has stepped up in a big way. He finished with 102 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown while also racking up 55 yards on 9 receptions and a score on 12 targets. It has been a luxury to have a guy like Murray pick up the slack. Once Kamara is healthy, Murray should keep getting fed the ball on the ground.
Still Can’t Guard Him
Michael Thomas is the best receiver in the league. You cannot tell me any different. He had 11 receptions on 11 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown. He did this while going up against one of the top corners in the league in Patrick Peterson, who did end up with an interception. Regardless, Thomas is just on a different level and on pace to break the receptions record. It does not matter who is throwing him the ball, he will find a way to get open.
No Running Through These Halls
The Saints defense has been on a tear during this win streak. But more importantly, they have been phenomenal stopping the run. They have not allowed a 100 yard rusher since Samaje Perine did so in 2017. The way things are looking, their biggest tests would be Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry. You have to appreciate this kind of dominance in a crucial aspect of the game.
Steal Of The Draft
The Saints made their second pick of this year’s draft in the fourth round. They traded up and selected C.J. Gardner-Johnson out of Florida. No one was really sure what position he would fill in at given the depth on the roster. But the last couple of weeks, CGJ has found a home in the slot corner spot. PJ Williams has been serving a two game suspension and will return after the bye week. However, CGJ may be pushing him for some playing time. He has shown flashes of his closing speed and even his coverage skills. He went up against future hall of famer Larry Fitzgerald and only gave up one catch for six yards on two targets. If that does not get you excited for the future, I do not know what will.