New Orleans Saints Recap: 3 takeaways in blowout victory over the Eagles

As Drew Brees continues his quest to his first MVP, the New Orleans Saints historic season continues against the defending Super Bowl champs, Philadelphia Eagles.

Stand up and get crunk! The Superdome was rocking once again in the Big Easy as the New Orleans Saints (9-1) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) in a 48-7 victory, Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

After losing their season opener to the Buccaneers, the Saints have now won their ninth straight victory and hold a three-game lead in the NFC South Division over the Carolina Panthers (6-4).

After a 38-yard field goal gave New Orleans a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter, it was a wire-to-wire victory for the Saints. The defending champs had no answer against New Orleans, as the Philadelphia gave up a total of 546 yards in the loss.

3 takeaways in the win:
Brees quest for MVP:

In the midst of having one of the greatest individual performances in league history, Drew Brees had another sensational game for the ages. While completing 22-of-30 passes from the pocket, the 39-year-old quarterback threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Without throwing a single interception in his brilliance performance, Drees recorded a QBR of 153.2, which is tied for his highest rating of the season, and fifth best of his career. Brees now has 23 career games with at least four touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

At this stage of the season, no one has played better than Brees. With 10 games in the books, his touchdown-to-interception ratio stands at 25:1, and currently holds a league-high completion percentage at 76.9. With six games remaining in the regular season, there is no way the NFL can deny Brees his first MVP award.

A career day for Mr. Smith:

With the signing of Dez Bryant and later Brandon Marshall, it was clear that the Saints were looking for a secondary receiver to help take some attention off Michael Thomas. And against Eagles, the Saints may have received the answer to their prayers.

As Philadelphia double teamed Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith stepped up huge for the Saints Sunday afternoon. The rookie receiver from Central Flordia recorded a career-high 157-yards on 10 receptions, as well as a touchdown in the win.

What makes New Orleans a dangerous team is the number of offensive weapons the Saints can throw at their opponents. And if Smith can find a way to stay consistent for the rest of the season, the Saints would have an easy walk to Atlanta come early February.

Defense wins championships:

No matter how great one offense may look, no team can win a championship without the help of a solid defense. While many have questioned New Orleans play on the defensive side of the ball, their defense finally came to play against the Eagles.

With one of their best defensive performances of the season, the Saints defense recorded three sacks, five quarterback hits, and seven tackles that resulted in a loss of yards. It is also worth mentioning that New Orleans defense held Philadelphia to a total of 196-yards for the game.

With three interceptions on the day, the Saints defense made it a tough day at the office for Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz. They held the one-time pro bowler to 136-yards going 19-for-33, and a QBR of 31.9, the lowest of his career.

After a blowout victory against the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints will look to continue their hot streak Thursday, in a Thanksgiving NFC South showdown against the Atlanta Falcons. To stay up to date on all things Saints and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.