When the New Orleans Saints took the field at the Superdome Sunday afternoon, they were prepared to play the last undefeated team in the NFL.

When the game ended, there were no undefeated teams.

The Saints for the entirety of the game looked like the better team than the Los Angeles Rams. And the scoreboard at the end told the tale – a 45-35 victory over what some had thought was the best team in the league.

As usual, quarterback Drew Brees was nearly flawless. He threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, along with zero interceptions. And the offensive line held the heralded Rams defense to no sacks of Brees.

Running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas provided plenty of offensive fireworks, with timely runs and catches giving the team first down after first down.

Meanwhile, the defense more than held up its end of the bargain, making stops of the Rams when they were most needed. And even though the Saints gave up 35 points, they stopped the opposition at crucial times to preserve the victory.

For the Saints and their fans, Sunday’s win was impressive and important. It will give New Orleans the tie-breaker over the Rams for position in the playoffs – assuming the team keeps rolling like it has in recent weeks. And there’s every reason to think it will.

After seven straight wins, the players and coaches stressed Sunday that they are keeping their minds on the next game, a road matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at noon Sunday. The rest of the Saints’ schedule will put the team to the test, but if the players continue to do what they’ve done so far this season, there could be a return trip to the playoffs in store.

The Black and Gold have reeled off seven consecutive victories after starting the season with a puzzling and disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since that game, though, the Saints seem to have found much more confidence on offense and defense, and they seem to have kept looking forward.

They enjoy a one-game lead in the NFC South, and they will likely play meaningful games every week from now until the end of the regular season.

But they proved Sunday that they can beat just about any team in the NFL.

Geaux Saints!

 

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