Breer: Saints Are The Most Complete Team In Football

The Saints' win over the Rams wasn't a fluke

The DA Show
November 08, 2018 - 1:20 pm

The New Orleans Saints (7-1) beat the Los Angeles Rams (8-1) in a possible NFC Championship preview this past Sunday, and don’t be surprised if they do it again in the playoffs.

“I think the Saints are a more complete team,” The MMQB senior NFL reporter Albert Breer said on The DA Show. “That’s nothing against the Rams because I think the Saints are the most complete team in football. I think they know they’re in a championship window. They’ve done things and operated in a way that a team in a championship window operates.”

In other words, they’re making moves to win now. As in, this year.

“Now they won’t say it, but if you want to look at what they’ve done with their 2019 draft picks, they dealt away their 1 to move up and get Marcus Davenport, who’s banged up right now but has really started to flash as a rookie,” Breer said of the UTSA defensive end product. “They sent their third-round pick away, which is basically insurance: if Drew Brees goes down for a month, we need somebody who can keep the train on the track. And then they dealt their fourth away to fill probably what was the one significant hole on the roster, which is a second corner, to go and get Eli Apple.

“And so, I felt this way from the beginning,” Breer continued. “The Saints have maybe as complete a roster as they’ve ever had around Drew Brees, and I think they’ve got as complete a roster as there is in the NFL right now. The playoffs are about having answers when people take things away from you. The Saints look like a team that’s going to have a lot of answers right now.”

To be clear, though, this is not an indictment on the Rams, who could still finish with the No. 1 seed.

“I still love the Rams,” Breer said. “I think they showed a lot of heart in coming back from the deficit they did, especially in that environment in the Superdome. But the Saints were able to expose some of the holes that the Rams have on their roster, particularly on the back end of their defense. So it will be interesting to see how the Rams try to patch some of those holes going forward and how the rest of the year plays out. Home field could be key if those two teams are going to meet again.”

The Saints play the Bengals (5-3) in Cincinnati this Sunday, while the Rams host the Seahawks (4-4). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. ET, respectively.