Originally posted on Chicks in the Huddle  |  Last updated 10/8/12


Never in my million years as a Saints fan did I ever imagine I’d tear up watching my team win a regular season game. But last night, as the clock ticked down to zero and the Saints’ defense surprisingly came through against the Chargers, I could feel something strange happening. I was actually getting misty eyed off of a week 5 win. That’s just how much getting off the snide meant to this fan. It felt so damn good.

Sure it helped that earlier that night, Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ half-century old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Sure it helped that for the first time in forever, I got to see my Coach Sean Payton willing his team to victory. But what really made me more moved than ever to be a member of the Black and Gold nation was the spirit of my fellow Who Dats. It was a shared excitement. After playing witness to so many successful seasons, we have once again been transported back to that magical place where nothing is taken for granted. Not even a stupid week 5 win against an inconsistent team.

While I’m still totally convinced that our defense would let my mom and her knitting club run up about 25 points on them, I must give them props for being much more aggressive against the Chargers than we’ve seen all season. Phillip Rivers actually touched turf a few times. We actually caught an interception instead of “almost” catching one. Our defensive backs actually stripped the ball a few times. It was almost unsettling to see them do their jobs. But then, there were those…less than delightful moments. I’m talking about the moments that likely had us all yelling from our seats or at the TV, “What the *bleep* are you guys doing? What the *bleep* is this coverage scheme? How the *bleep* does Robert Meachem get that open…twice?!” Needless to say, our defense still sucks. But if they can suck a little bit less every week, then maybe, just maybe we’ll have a shot at something other than jockeying for high draft picks.

On offense, I saw a man with the ball run past people. I think he’s called a “running back.” For a moment in time, it appeared we had a…oh what’s it called again? Ah yes, a “running game.” 46 yards is nothing to write home about, but it’s something, and it helped! Pierre Thomas seemed “sick and tired of being sick and tired” and lit a spark that played a major role in last night’s victory.

The Saints have a long way to go to be a playoff contender. But we have a bye week coming up, which presents the players with an opportunity to heal and reflect. They fought for every inch of that win and that’s just what they’ll have to do every week from now until the end of the season. Soon we’ll have Joe Vitt back and if we can remain unbeaten until then, I believe the Saints will have even more than a shot in hell to make it to the postseason. Sure, I may be a dreamer. But last night renewed my faith in the fact that maybe, just maybe, the nightmare of this season is over.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brady claims sunburn can be avoided by drinking a lot of water

Knicks expect Carmelo Anthony to open camp with team

Irving was late to meeting with Stevens after car broke down

Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys don’t play for ‘the talking heads’

Todd Gurley says Rams believe they can win Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Seven players who stood out in Rams' thrilling win over 49ers

Rams WRs Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin evaluated for concussions

Alec Ogletree throws 49ers player to the ground

WATCH: Pierre Garcon tips his toes for beautiful highlight reel catch

Aaron Donald called for horrible roughing the passer penalty

Brilliant pass-and-catch from Goff, Watkins highlight TNF

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker