The New Orleans Saints are the talk of the town, but the excitement doesn't end there. National commentators are taking note after the Saints dominated the Buffalo Bills, 47-10, on Sunday for their seventh victory in a row. Here's a sample of what they're saying (Click on each title for the full story):
Sports Illustrated's Gary Gramling said the Saints on Sunday looked like "Alabama versus anyone in the SEC who isn't Mississippi State," adding that New Orleans has a legimate place in the Super Bowl favorites conversation.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When it was all over, when Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had finished grinding the Buffalo Bills into the turf of their ow…
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com tweeted that the Saints as a dominant rushing teams "is a stunning development." The Saints' run-the-ball and play-defense "juggernaut" is "built for January."
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The last time the Saints played a game in Buffalo was 2009.
NFL.com reporter Judy Battista calls the Saints "one of the biggest surprises of the season and ... one of the teams to beat in the NFC." All the the more remarkable because the team's success has not been overwhelmingly dependent on quarterback Drew Brees.
It was easy to dismiss the New Orleans Saints two games into this 2017 NFL season, The Washington Post's Mark Maske writes. The Saints started 0-2. But dismiss them no more, he says. The new-look Saints now appear Super Bowl worthy.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Sean Payton didn’t see the need to expand on a question about the offensive line.
Sporting News' David Steele says this is a Saints team that is getting scarier by the minute — a team that can win in ways that are hard to recognize. As for Sunday's big victory over the Bills: "The game in Buffalo was supposed to have been a "statement" game — consider it delivered."
Meanwhile, on NBC Sports' "Football Night in America" Sunday, commentators had this to say about the Saints:
Rodney Harrison: “They are no longer just a dome team and the reason why is because they can run the football. They have two different backs (Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara).”
Tony Dungy: “The reason I’m on the New Orleans bandwagon now — that defense. They looked terrible the first two weeks, but they are playing good, solid football.”
Harrison: “It is no longer Drew Brees dropping back throwing 50-plus times, trying to do everything himself…they are just a complete team right now.”