A telling preseason for Saints

If the preseason told us anything, it told us that the New Orleans Saints are for real. It told us that Drew Brees may be the league’s best quarterback, and Sean Peyton its best offensive play caller. The preseason may have also revealed that an emerging power running game, and an opportunistic defense, may have finally arrived in the Crescent City.

I’m here to say the preseason didn’t lie.

In Week 1, the Saints scored the most points (45), and Brees threw for the most touchdown passes (6), of any team, en route to the most dominating performance in the league. During a preseason in which RB Mike Bell needed only two games to grab hold of the starting job, he used his 28 carries and 143 yards on Sunday to further solidify his grip as the lead banger in the Saints backfield.

The Saints’ defense forced 10 turnovers in four preseason games, and then showed us in the regular-season opener that it has become a trusted trend after stealing three more takeaways from the youthful Lions offense.

If defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Bell can supply Peyton and Brees with a top 10 defense and a power running game in 2009, then book’ em a ticket to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. Right Now!

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