The New Orleans Saints are coming off an emotional Week 9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in front of a sellout crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints have been eliminated from the postseason by the Seahawks on two different occasions under the Sean Payton Era in New Orleans. Now that they have avenged their 2010/2013 postseason losses against the Seahawks, it is now time to move on to the next opponent.
The Saints will be facing another NFC West opponent in the San Francisco 49ers who are in the last place in the division right now. The Saints matchup against the 49ers is the typical “trap game” that teams fall for after coming off of an emotional victory like the team did last Sunday.
The Saints are no stranger to how dangerous 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick can be when he is on his A-Game. Kaepernick has a 2-1 record against the Saints when he is under center as the Niners starting quarterback. Even though the 49ers have a 1-6 record, they still have a fighter’s chance at defeating the Saints this Sunday.
The Saints defense has held their opponents to under 30 points for two consecutive weeks, but they are still at the bottom of the barrel in every defensive statistic in the National Football League right now. They must continue their impressive play on defense against the Niners this week.
The Saints next opponent will be against the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Denver Broncos. The game against Denver will most likely decide if the Saints are a playoff contender or not in 2016. However, a letdown against the 49ers in Week 9 could take away some of the hype for the showdown in the Dome against Denver in Week 10.