On game day in the city of New Orleans, “When the Saints Go Marching” can be heard all round the French Quarter, that’s exactly what the Saints football team is doing, marching to another Super Bowl appearance.
The 8-1 Saints are the hottest team in the NFL with future hall of fame quarterback Drew Brees leading the way once again. Brees is having a historic season breaking Brett Favre’s All-time completion record of 6,300 completions and passed Brett Favre in All-time passing touchdowns to become second on the list behind Peyton Manning. He now needs just 42 touchdowns to surpass Manning.
The Saints have the number one ranked offense in the league and score an average of 36.7 points per game and averaging 413.9 total yards per game. With the signing of former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Marshall provides a solid replacement for the injured Dez Bryant and provides relief for running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas.
But to get to another Super Bowl appearance in February scheduled in Atlanta, they’ll need to shape up their defense. Their defense is ranked 23rd in the league and gives 25.8 points a game and give up over 376 total scrimmage yards a game. A big advantage for the Saints is that the last two games of their season are home games. They face division rivals Carolina Panthers in week 15 in Carolina, then host the Pittsburgh Steelers and then finish off the year hosting Carolina in their second matchup and final game of the season.
The NFC is a tough offensive conference. If they fix the defense, this might be an easy Super Bowl drive for Drew Brees and the Big Easy.