NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - 2009 was the last season the New Orleans Saints opened the year with 3 straight wins. That was the year the Saints won the Super Bowl.
On Sunday defensive coordinator Rob Ryan came up with an excellent game plan in attacking the Cardinals offense and he didn't even use the blitz. End result, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked four times and intercepted twice.
Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton said,"My hat goes off to the defensive line. Those guys, they get together, they study film. They find out what works and what doesn't work for them. They stay after practice working on their game, working on their rushes.
Lofton led the team with 8 tackles, 7 of those were solo stops.
The Saints defense has allowed only 38 points in the first three games. Only the 1992 Saints defense got off to a better start after 3 games. It allowed only 28 points.
Arizona opened the game driving 80 yards and bagged the games first touchdown, but after that opening offensive series, the Saints defense limited the Cardinals to 167 yards.
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said,"We added depth to our defensive line and I've been claiming the strength of our defensive line is how much youth and talent is on the defensive line and it definitely showed today."
Drew Brees passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns, despite getting sacked 4 times, helping guide the Saints to a 31-7 victory. Brees' multiple-touchdown pass games reached 101 after Sunday's performance, tying him with Fran Tarkenton for fifth all-time in the NFL.
Brett Favre leads the NFL record book in that category with 159.
The Saints take aim on a 4-0 record next Monday night hosting the undefeated Miami Dolphins in the Superdome.
What more can you say about the New Orleans Saints defense. They are just rock solid and have made a huge difference in the team going 3 and 0.
Let the fun begin next Monday night at 7:40 p.m. in the Mercedes-Bentz Superdome. Saints fans will be loud and the Miami Dolphins will find out how difficult it is to play in the loudest stadium in the NFL.