Kristian's quick hits: These Saints better than Super Bowl Champs
Better than 2009?
The 2011-2012 Saints are starting to draw comparisons to the 2009-2010 Super Bowl championship team, and deservedly so. However, I would say this team is better! Yep! You got it! They are better! While the defense has been challenged this season, and they are not collecting as many turnovers, they have been outstanding on third down. Keeping opponents from sustaining drives is just as good as a turnover. The 2011 Saints offense could go down in NFL history as the most prolific ever! The ground game, coupled with a passing game that is virtually unsolvable, makes the Saints practically unbeatable. Playsoff teams facing New Orleans have to hope the Saints kill themselves with penalties and turnovers. If that doesn't happen, the Saints won't be beat... not by Detroit, not by San Francisco and not even by the Packers. It's one at a time, I know, but this team appears to be headed for another party with the Lombardi.
The Saints finished the regular season unbeaten (8-0) at home, a franchise first. New Orleans is averaging more than 40 points per game at home this year. What's more? They're beating their opponents in the Mercedes Benz Superdome by an average of 23 points. The advantage at the Dome is predicated on outstanding play and coaching without question, but the fans make the Superdome one of the most intimidating venues in the NFL for visiting teams.
Sights and sounds:
I want to bring you inside an NFL game on the sidelines. If you ever get the chance to watch a game from field level, you will immediately be in awe of the speed in which the game is played with. These grown men are so unbelievably fast. They hit with such force. The collisions sound like a shot gun blast going off by your head. The trash talking is always a part of the game that I enjoy most. For the most part the Saints are fairly quiet in the trash talking department. The feel on the sideline in the Superdome is like none other. You can feel the energy coming down onto the field from the Who Dat Nation.