1 WHAT WE LEARNED

At last, and at least for one game, the Saints looked like the Super Bowl-worthy contender everyone thought they would be before the season began. A decisive 44-23 victory over a Green Bay team rolling on some strong momentum was New Orleans’ best performance by far. The Saints’ offensive line was in control, Drew Brees was spot on and the New Orleans defense that was gashed in the first quarter for 203 yards passing by Aaron Rodgers turned up the heat and forced him into his first multi-interception game of the season.

2 TRENDING NOW

Mark Ingram. After a mentally and physically bruising loss at Detroit last week, the Saints were without injured running backs Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson. That meant extra pressure on Ingram, just recently returned from his own hand injury. He more than delivered. Ingram continued the revival of his once highly criticized game with 24 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown as the Saints rushed for 193 yards overall. Thursday’s opponent, Carolina, is allowing an NFL-worst 5.2 yards per carry. Ingram must be salivating for his crack at them.

3 FINAL THOUGHTS

A 3-4 record at this point isn’t what anyone figured for this Saints team, but New Orleans finds itself just a half-game back of Carolina after the Panthers lost Sunday to Seattle going into a Thursday night game in Charlotte. With Atlanta faltering at 2-6 (how much would the Saints like to have the OT loss to the Falcons back?), this is already a two-team race for the division title. For the first time in weeks, it looks like a race the Saints can win. This win was as uplifting as the Lions loss was deflating.

Scott Rabalais