Kristian: 5-1 not a bad place for the Saints to be
At his Monday press conference, Saints Coach Sean Payton gave credit where credit is due in the Patriots' victory over the Saints. Payton didn’t second-guess the coverage on the play of the last drive and the comeback by Tom Brady and his squad.
Payton noted that the Saints are 5-1 and still haven’t played their best football. That’s encouraging, indeed.
On one hand, I don’t expect the team to dwell on the loss too long…they’ve always had their 24 hour rule to either celebrate or commiserate on a win or loss…but heading into the bye week, two weeks is really a long time to chew on such a tough loss. The team is completely off for a week, and won’t be back until next Monday.
Refs: Yes, there were some bad calls. Do I think it changed the outcome of the game? No. The Saints just didn’t make enough plays on offense in the final moments. Despite the bad calls, they still had an opportunity on offense to ice the game, but didn’t do it.
Jimmy: A lot of fans are asking about how Jimmy Graham is doing. We won’t know officially for some time, especially since they’re in the bye week, but the NFL Network reports he’s going to have an MRI on his foot. I was really surprised by how the Patriots held him in check, given how he’s played the last few weeks, but then again, Bill Belichick is masterful and game-planning and scheming. He hasn’t won three Super Bowls for nothing. And even though people say, “well, the other teams couldn’t hold Jimmy in check,” those other teams don’t have the same personnel as the Patriots.
All in all, the Saints are still in really a good position at 5-1, still 1st place in division, 1st place in the NFC. In the preseason, most fans would have been happy with a 4-2 team at this point. With the NFL being what it is, it’s not realistic to expect any team to stay undefeated. And, to lose to the Patriots is not exactly as if they lost to Jacksonville. They lost to another great team that is also 5-1 in a road game that went down to the wire.