You would have thought that after winning their 6th consecutive game this past Sunday Night, that the New Orleans Saints would be getting a little more “love” from the National Media, although based on the weekly “Power Rankings” and specifically those published earlier today by NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison, that clearly DOESN’T appear to be the case.
That’s likely because Harrison has the New England Patriots ranked as the #2 team in the League overall right now; behind the League’s only undefeated team, the #1 ranked and (8-0) Los Angeles Rams (click HERE to read).
But does New England (currently 5-2) DESERVE to be ranked ahead of the Saints?
Clearly most Saints fans have no issues with being ranked behind the #3 team in the Power Rankings — the (7-1) Kansas City Chiefs — who are certainly enjoying a great season of their very own.
But the Patriots have looked like anything BUT the League’s 2nd best team, despite their record.
Is Harrison and NFL.com “dissing” the Saints?
That’s obviously a matter of opinion, and one that you can judge for yourself, especially as a Saints fan.
Here’s what Harrison says about the Patriots in this morning’s article:
“No movement for the Patriots, although Saints fans think their team should have leapfrogged New England. Funny how 25-6 division wins — on the road, no less — are not enough anymore. The Patriots’ defense gave up 46 yards on the ground and forced two turnovers to take the pressure off Tom Brady, a la the Dolphins game a month ago. Offensively, James White caught his usual 150 passes (10 for 79), while his touchdown plunge capped off the key drive of the game, pushing a close six-point affair to 18-6 in the fourth quarter”.
And here’s what he says about the Saints, who he has ranked #4 overall, just a few spots down:
“From team off to a rough start to quiet Super Bowl contender. That’s the arc of the Saints’ 2018 campaign thus far. Three days before Halloween, New Orleans re-entered the house of its playoff horrors — and proceeded to wallop the Vikings on defense and special teams.”
Most other Power Rankings such as the one from ESPN, have the Saints ranked at #3 overall behind Kansas City; with a couple of others by independent Blog sites that have New Orleans ranked right behind the Rams at #2.
One thing to keep in mind: the Saints have never been the “darlings” of the National Media, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
And until the Patriots “dynasty” (5 Super Bowl titles in the past 17 seasons) eventually and mercifully comes to an end, the National Media’s seeming infatuation with League “poster boy” Tom Brady and the New England / Boston franchise isn’t likely to end anytime soon.
However, with the (6-1) Saints hosting the visiting and undisputed #1 Rams this coming Sunday at the Superdome, a win for the Black and Gold would surely change the narrative moving forward.
A victory over Los Angeles undoubtedly would allow the Saints and their passionate fans, to receive the long overdue respect that they so clearly deserve.
And in the process: perhaps make Harrison and the folks over at NFL.com, the ones that end up getting “dissed”….