Saints need to ‘punch back’ after getting knocked down

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“We won 10 in a row. We felt like we were rolling. So now it’s time to get that mojo back,” Brees said in the aftermath. “Get back to work when we get back and get ready to roll.”

The Saints (10-2) will probably bounce back just fine after an extended break before their Week 14 trip to Tampa Bay. And it’s probably fair to chalk this up as one of those “any given Sunday — or Thursday” games, as Alvin Kamara called it.

Because if anyone has earned some benefit of the doubt, it’s this Saints’ offense, which entered the game as the fifth-highest scoring team in NFL history through 11 games, and Brees, who is still on pace for the league’s best passer rating of all time at 123.2.

But they just went from becoming the league’s biggest bullies to getting punched in the mouth. And now they have to prove it didn’t faze them.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

The Saints now trail the Los Angeles Rams (10-1) in the NFC standings. And after their trip to Tampa, they’ll finish the regular season with three games against playoff contenders (at Carolina on Monday Night Football, versus Pittsburgh on a short week, then home against Carolina again).10

“We would love to be perfect. But that wasn’t the plan. And that’s OK,” veteran offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod said. “Our goals are still in front of us. We’ve got four more weeks to do what we need to do. [But] it’s not gonna be easy.

“Nobody’s gonna sit back and wait for us to punch ’em in the mouth. They’re gonna punch us, and we gotta punch back. That’s just what it is. When you’re 10-1, they’re gonna play you like a playoff game. Their intensity’s gonna be high, and we need to match that. And we didn’t get it done. So we have to realize that going forward. Because it’s December. This is when the season gets made.”cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Bushrod’s comments actually echoed those of Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence from earlier in the week:

“They’re going to have to match our intensity,” Lawrence said, specifically referring to New Orleans’ offensive line. “S—, for 60 minutes straight. If you hit a m—–f—– in the mouth and then they ain’t doing what they’re regularly doing, putting up 50 points, they start to get a little distressed. Now you got them where you want them at, and then you f—ing choke their ass out.”

Lawrence said his comments made more waves than he expected. But what he said made sense: It was up to the Cowboys’ defense to stop letting things come so easy for a Saints offense that was practically on cruise control and see how New Orleans would react.