The New Orleans Saints pulled off their best performance of the season on Sunday – a 49-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The team now moves to 5-6 and keeps its minimal playoff hopes alive.
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Drew Brees threw five touchdowns, the ground game picked up 209 yards and the defense shut out the Rams in the second half. The Rams aren’t a great team, but we’re used to seeing the Saints lose to lackluster teams. They’ve been turning it around slowly this season.
With their latest win, the Saints soared up in power rankings. Yahoo Sports moved them up to 18th after placing them 21st last week:
“Rookie receiver Michael Thomas was unstoppable on Sunday. He has 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And he’s only going to get better with the great Drew Brees throwing him the ball.”
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison also gave the team a big jump, as they moved up five spots to land at 20th this week:
“Offensive jambalaya in New Orleans on Sunday. Holy Archie Manning. Holy George Rogers. Holy Joe Horn and his hidden cellphone. The Saints put up a 49-burger on the hottest defense in the NFL.”
Also, ESPN.com gave the Saints a boost, moving them up from 23rd last week to 21st this week:
“Let’s take a second to appreciate Drew Brees, who has thrown 30 touchdowns in a season for the ninth time, tied with Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for most such seasons. Brees looks to pad his league lead Sunday against the Lions.”
If the Saints keep on winning, they’ll move up more in power rankings and also keep marching on into the playoff picture. It’s a long shot right now, but you can’t count them out yet.