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Who was your Saints regular season M.V.P.?"Brees continued to play at an elite level most weeks. His 3 Michael Hoomanawanui Jersey Stitched ,992 passing yards fell just shy of extending his own league record to thirteen straight seasons with over 4,000 yards through the air. He did break another of his own NFL records though, by leading the league in completion percentage with 74.4%, shattering his own mark set last year. During the course of the season, Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in completions and passing yardage, while inching toward the top spot in touchdown passes. He finished this year with 32 touchdown passes and only 5 interceptions, and added another four scores rushing. Brees threw for over 300 yards six times this year, and at 39 years old may finally win the much deserved, and overdue, league M.V.P. award that has eluded him throughout his legendary career. Michael Thomas Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesThomas was targeted on 147 passes, and led the NFL with a team record 125 receptions, an incredible 87.8% catch percentage. He caught 9 touchdown passes, and his 1,405 receiving yards were also a single season franchise record. He continues to be highly productive against defenses designed to try and stop him, and has been nearly unstoppable on intermediate routes and third downs. Thomas' 321 receptions within his first three seasons are an NFL record, and the 25-yr. old wideout appears to be just getting started. He already has an impressive collection of team records, and is already getting his name mentioned among the greatest players in team history, with perhaps the best to come. Alvin Kamara Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesKamara led the Saints with 883 yards rushing, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scored 14 rushing touchdowns Youth Josh Hill Jersey , a single season team record. He was also second on the team with 81 receptions for 709 yards and added another 4 scores through the air. Kamara's 18 offensive touchdowns were second in the league, and tied Dalton Hilliard for the single season franchise mark. Last year's offensive rookie of the year surprised some with his ability to be effective as an inside runner. Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram missed the first four games due to a league suspension, but Kamara showed that he had the ability to take on the role of an every down back. He is one of the league's most versatile weapons, and can be deadly anywhere along the offensive formation, striking fear in opposing defenses from any position. Ryan Ramczyk Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesThe entire Saints offensive line brutalized opponents throughout the 2018 season, controlling games and flattening defenses. Ramczyk, the second year right tackle, played at a Pro Bowl level all season. The line protected their Hall of Fame quarterback well, allowing Brees to get sacked only 17 times. They also paved the way for a top ten rushing attack that averaged nearly 127 yards per game and led the league with 26 rushing touchdowns. Much of that success on the ground came over the right side, where Ramczyk and guard Larry Warford formed one of the most formidable duos in the league. Ramczyk was overlooked in this year's Pro Bowl voting, along with ridiculous oversights to Kamara, Sheldon Rankins, and Demario Davis, but the 24-yr. old lineman is already recognized as one of the better tackles in the league. Cameron Jordan Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsJordan had another outstanding season, getting voted to his second straight Pro Bowl and fourth overall. He led the team with 12 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, and 21 quarterback hits. Often subjected to double or even triple team blocking, Cam Jordan continues to make plays, and is one of the NFL's best defensive linemen. He is underrated as a run defender Josh Hill Jersey Stitched , and is one of the most versatile edge rushers in the league, able to beat opponents with both power and speed. Sheldon Rankins Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesRankins provided a monstrous presence in the middle of the Saints defense, exactly what the team envisioned when selecting him with the 12th overall pick of the 2016 draft. Rankins had career highs with 41 tackles and 8 sacks, which was second on the team. He destroyed interior blocking schemes for the opposition, often blowing up plays before they developed. He has given the defense a viable inside pass rushing threat to go along with the edge presence of Jordan, Alex Okafor, rookie Marcus Davenport, along with coordinator Dennis Allen's blitz packages. Rankins' ability to collapse the pass pocket has forced opposing quarterbacks into critical mistakes, along with limiting the overall effectiveness of the passing game at times. Demario Davis Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsDavis was arguably the best offseason free agent signing of the entire NFL. He led the Saints in both solo (74) and total tackles (110) while forcing two fumbles, adding a fumble recovery, and finishing third on the team with 5 sacks. His sideline to sideline aggressiveness and athleticism provided an instant upgrade to the New Orleans front seven and linebacking corps. Davis combined with Alex Anzalone and A.J. Klein to give the team it's best linebacking unit in years. They spearheaded a defense that finished second in rushing yards and yards per carry, bottling up some of the best running backs in the league. Davis has proven equally effective against the pass as well as the run. He's capably covered both backs and tight ends, as well as being a devastating blitzer. Wil Lutz Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsLutz had one of the best kicking seasons of anyone in Saints history. He scored 136 points and converted 28 of his 30 field goal attempts, including all 15 attempts of under 40 yards. Lutz has been the model of consistency, and has given New Orleans one of the most stable kicking situations in the league. His accuracy and strong leg allow the Saints important scoring opportunities from well outside the red zone, which may prove to be vital throughout the playoffs. The New Orleans Saints face the Baltimore Ravens in Charm City this week.As we are all well aware, the Ravens stand as the only NFL franchise that Drew Brees has yet to defeat in his illustrious career.This obstacle will not be easy to overcome this week, as Baltimore enters this game with the #1 defense in the NFL, they are playing at home Youth Terron Armstead Jersey , and they are coming off a shutout performance in which they recorded 11 sacks.Although this will be a tough task for the Saints, the Ravens will certainly have more than their hands full against the best offense they have faced all season.The Saints are 7-5 following the bye since 2006, including wins in the last two seasons.The Saints need to extend that to a third season if Brees is to have any chance to complete his triumph over the league.This is truly Brees’ last chance (barring a rematch in Super Bowl LIII) as the Saints aren’t scheduled to face the Ravens again until 2022.Here’s to Brees finding the last time’s the charm in Baltimore, and to the Saints winning their fifth consecutive game!Who Dat!Now let’s take a look at this and all of the matchups in Week 7.Last week I went 8-7I told you so: Steelers over Bengals!What do I know: Broncos over Rams?***WEEK 7Thursday, October 18th - Thursday Night FootballBroncos(2-4) at Cardinals(1-5)Denver will rebound from their disappointing loss last week by beating on the NFL’s worst team in Arizona.Denver wins 35-14.Pick: Broncos***Sunday, October 21st - Early GamesTitans(3-3) at* Chargers(4-2) - Wembley Stadium - London, EnglandMarcus Mariota may be coming into this game with PTSD after getting sacked 11 times last week.Tennessee will have a difficult time matching up with LA’s balance in this one across the pond.Los Angeles wins 30-27.Pick: Chargers***Texans(3-3) at Jaguars(3-3)Jacksonville, especially on defense, will have a lot to prove after being thoroughly embarrassed last week in Dallas.They will rebound with a surprisingly big win over Houston.Jacksonville wins 37-14.Pick: Jaguars***Panthers(3-2) at Eagles(3-3) Every time you think Philly’s got it figured out and have returned to form, they suffer a lapse.They’ll do that again here against the Panthers.Carolina wins 30-24.Pick: Panthers***Vikings(3-2-1) at Jets(3-3) Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota passing attack will feast once again in this one.The Jets won't have an answer, even with home field advantage.Minnesota wins 40-27.Pick: Vikings***Patriots(4-2) at Bears(3-2)Even though New England will be facing a much better defense this week in Chicago than they did last week, Tom Brady and the Pats will secure another victory.New England wins 28-14.Pick: Patriots***Bills(2-4) at Colts(1-5)Although Buffalo has no passing game to speak of, they’ll rely on their ground game and defense to grind out a win in Indy.Buffalo wins 20-10.Pick: Bills***Browns(2-3-1) at Buccaneers(2-3)Tampa has no defense whatsoever, and no ground game to speak of either, but they’ll be able to pass on the erratic Cleveland defense, still reeling from their terrible performance a week ago.Tampa wins 21-19.Pick: Buccaneers***Lions(2-3) at Dolphins(4-2)Miami will take the momentum from their big home win last week into this win over Detroit.Miami wins 23-21.Pick: Dolphins***Sunday, October 21st - Late GamesCowboys(3-3) at Redskins(3-2)Dallas, on a roll after their big win last week, will continue with another win here Terron Armstead Jersey Stitched , thanks to a huge game from Ezekiel Elliott.Dallas wins 35-17.Pick: Cowboys***Rams(6-0) at 49ers(1-5)San Francisco will put up a valiant fight against their interstate rivals, but Los Angeles will still take them out, regardless.Los Angeles wins 37-27.Pick: Rams***Saints(4-1) at Ravens(4-2) - Game of the WeekMore than any other Saints game this season, this is a really difficult game to get a read on.The only thing to truly feel confident about is that neither team will be able to run the ball on the other.This will leave it up to the quarterbacks.Who do you trust more, Joe Flacco or Drew Brees?I trust Drew Brees, and I trust he will finally defeat the only NFL franchise he has remaining to get a win against.It won’t come easy, in fact it will resemble something like an exorcism, trying to exorcise the demons of past failures against the Ravens for well over the past decade.At last, all good things come in due time.Wil Lutz will nail the eventual game winner and the Saints defense will hold on to victory in the closing moments.Saints win 24-23.Pick: Saints***Sunday Night FootballBengals(4-2) at Chiefs(5-1)Kansas City will rebound nicely from their last-second loss last Sunday Night.This Sunday Night, they’ll handle Cincy in another offensive show.Kansas City wins 37-27.Pick: Chiefs***Monday, October 22nd - Monday Night FootballGiants(1-5) at Falcons(2-4)Try as they might, the Giants just can't seem to get out of their own way.They’ll stumble and fall once again, giving Atlanta a game-winning field goal as time expires.Atlanta wins 26-24.Pick: Falcons***That’s how I see Week 7 shaping up, hopefully the Saints can finally get the ever-so elusive win against Baltimore.Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below!
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