Monday Night Football Recap Week 12

What was billed as a “Superdome Showdown” turned out to be the “Superdome Shelling”. One team that has been there, done that was taking on a team trying to get to the elite status after all the failure that plagued them before. Monday night, was the arrival of the New Orleans Saints as an elite NFL team.

New England 17, New Orleans 38- Drew Brees ripped apart the New England Patriots secondary, going 18-23 for 371 yards and five touchdowns to five different receivers (Pierre Thomas, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Darnell Dinkins, and Marques Colston) and the Saints stay perfect along with the Colts, and at the top of the NFC ahead of the Minnesota Vikings. New Orleans’ defense was relentless on Tom Brady, picking him off two times and sacking him once, and did what few teams have done all season with Brady: make him throw zero touchdowns. The Patriots were led by Lawrence Maroney, who scored two touchdowns and gained 64 yards, and they suffered their fourth loss on the road this season (their only road win came across the Atlantic over Tampa Bay in London). The Saints have not quite clinched the NFC South yet, but with a win next week over the Redskins in Washington, they will do exactly that. Also with a relatively easy schedule (at Washington, at Atlanta, vs. Dallas, vs. Tampa Bay, at Carolina), this team should run the table and be the second (or third) team to go 16-0 in a regular season. Patriots (7-4), Saints (11-0)

Stay tuned for the Best & Worst of Week 12 on Wednesday, and the Thursday Night Football recap on Friday when the New York Jets go to Toronto to face the Buffalo Bills.

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