Monday, October 13, 2008
The Saints have suffered some tough losses this year (and as any long time Saints fan can attest, that is saying something). All three of their losses have been winnable games with a couple literally coming down to the last minute or so. As a result, it was a big relief to look up and see the Raiders on the schedule this week. We needed a win in the worst way and with all the controversy going on in Raider-land, Oakland seemed ripe for the picking.
Luckily, I was right and the Saints did not find a way to lose this game. Drew Brees and Reggie Bush were great as usual. However, the defense looked solid (yes, that's not saying much against a young Raiders team, but still). More importantly, we may have actually found a kicker. Taylor Mehlhaff looked solid after some early game jitters.
With Colston and Shockey due back soon, there is still a chance for this team to make some noise. Next week's game won't be as easy though as we head to Carolina to face a team licking its wounds after a butt kicking by Tampa Bay. With the struggles of Carolina, Tampa, and New Orleans, I'm wondering out loud if it is possible for the Falcons to back door their way into the playoffs? I doubt it, but you just never can tell with this division.