MMQB with Drew Brees – another Saints division title

Seth Dunlap
December 10, 2018 - 12:07 pm

The New Orleans Saints are celebrating their second consecutive division championship after the team’s 28-14 road victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees sat down with Zach Strief to talk about yesterday’s come from behind victory and the great play by the team’s defense.   Brees, though, started by reflecting on the great accomplishment of winning another NFC South championship.

“Yeah, it’s awesome,” he began.  “What’s cool too is this is the second year in a row in this locker room we’ve celebrated this moment.”

It’s a moment that almost didn’t happen yesterday, as the team scuffled to a 14-3 halftime deficit.  It was the second consecutive week that the offense had failed to score a touchdown in the first half.

“Obviously, the first half did not go the way we wanted.  Our defense played really well, but offensively we didn’t get anything going the first two drives then before you know it they were possessing the football well and we fell behind,” Brees said.  “Great win all around.”

The catalyst for yesterday’s turnaround was a game-changing punt block by the Saints’ uber-tool, Taysom Hill.

“I didn’t know we were going to block a punt.  That was cool!” Brees exclaimed.  “That ignited the sideline and the team and got us going.  Got the touchdown right after that and I think scored of every possession thereafter.”

The offense got going, scoring the final 25 points of the game en route to a relatively comfortable two-touchdown win.  The defense never needed to get going.  They were in it from the first whistle, and held Tampa Bay’s often-explosive offense to just 14 points.   It was the fifth straight game the Saints defense held their opponent to under 20 points.   They’re hold their opponents to a league-best 12.4 points per game during that stretch.

“It’s fun to watch them,” Brees said of the team’s defense. “You know, we’ve had stretches this season where we are very complimentary with each other.  I’d say the last two games were not what (the offense) hoped for, or what we’re used to.  Just knowing that you’ve got a group over there that can put pressure on the quarterback, that can create turnovers when needed, that can hold teams to field goals.  They’re playing great.”

The Saints now eye a first round bye and possible home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  They reclaimed the top spot in the NFC with their win and the Rams loss on Sunday night to the Bears.

Listen to Brees’ full conversation with Zach Strief in the podcast below, or by clicking here.

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