Saints 51-Bengals 14:  Amazing!  Good, Bad & Ugly

Kristian Garic
November 11, 2018 - 3:49 pm
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The Saints beat down the Bengals 51-14 in Cincinnati leaving the Black & Gold 5 and 0 on the road.  For 8 weeks now the Saints have continued to show the NFL they can beat teams in a number of ways.  This was as dominant a win as I’ve seen in my 10 seasons covering the team.  Here is the “amazing,” good, bad, and ugly. 

Amazing:  The Saints entire team!  From offense to defense, to special teams the Saints were pretty much flawless in Cincinnati.  The Saints defense held the Bengals to 0 and 6 on third down.  The Saints offense ran 74 offensive plays, including 50 in Bengals territory.  I don’t know if you or I will ever see a stat line like that again in your life. 

Good:  The Saints rushed for 244 yards.  The offensive line was dominant in pass protection and imposed their will in the running game.  I think Drew Brees won’t even feel like he played an NFL game when he wakes up tomorrow; his big men protected him.  The Saints defense also forced two turnovers in the win over the Bengals, and sacked QB Andy Dalton three times. 

Bad:  The Bengals defense is terrible! They became the first team in NFL history to give up over 500 yards of total offense in three consecutive games.  The Saints offense dialed up whatever they wanted and it worked.  Nine different players caught a pass from Brees; everybody got a piece of the offensive magic!  The Saints went 7 of 12 on third down, against a Bengals defense that put up very little resistance. 

Ugly:  I had to do this, the Atlanta Falcons had an ugly loss to the Cleveland Browns.  Atlanta had worked their way back to .500 winning three straight games, and some were pointing to a possible resurgence.  The Panthers, Falcons, and Buccaneers all lost this weekend.  The Falcons are now 4-5 on the season.  

The stars are lining up for the Saints.  While Sean Payton & Black & Gold gladiators focus on the NFL champion Eagles, rumblings of a 2-Dat are getting louder. 

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