The New Orleans Saints are 1-4 and will now have a bye week to regroup. The team has been successful recently in their games following the season break. Below is a look at the last five games (2007-11) the Saints have played to resume the season after a bye week.
November 28, 2011
The Saints entered the late bye week with a two-game win streak and a 7-3 record. The team came back playing just as well, beating the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants 49-24. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Jimmy Graham and two to receiver Lance Moore. Brees, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas each scored a rushing touchdown as well. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had 406 passing yards and two scores, but it wasn't enough. The Saints did not lose another game in the regular season, finishing 13-3.
November 21, 2010
The 6-3 Saints defeated the 5-4 Seattle Seahawks at home 34-19 in a preview of a playoff battle that would be played weeks later. Brees had 382 passing yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to both Marques Colston and Robert Meachem. Running back Chris Ivory rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 366 yards and one score. Of course, New Orleans finished the season 11-5, but Seattle won when the teams met in the postseason.
October 18, 2009
The Saints were 4-0 and met the 5-0 Giants after the break. The Saints won 48-27 behind Brees' 369 yards and four touchdowns. Colston, Moore, Meachem and Jeremy Shockey caught touchdown receptions, while Reggie Bush, Mike Bell and Heath Evans scored on the ground. Manning managed just 178 yards and one touchdown to Hakeem Nicks, who finished with five catches and 114 yards. The Saints won their next eight games to start the year 13-0, before winning the team's first Super Bowl.
November 9, 2008
The Saints were 4-4 before and after their bye week, finishing 8-8 for the season. Playing the Atlanta Falcons on the road after the bye week, the Saints lost 34-20. Brees had 422 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. Matt Ryan passed for 248 yards and two scores, while Chevis Jackson's 95-yard interception return clinched the game in the fourth quarter.
October 7, 2007
The Saints headed into the bye week with a record of 0-3. Unfortunately the team resumed play with a 16-13 home loss to the Carolina Panthers, moving to 0-4 for the last time until 2012. Brees passed for 252 yards and no touchdowns, with Devery Henderson getting four catches for 101 yards. In a game dominated by field goals, Panthers quarterback David Carr hit receiver Steve Smith with a 17-yard touchdown to tie the game at 13-13 in the fourth quarter. Kicker John Kasay won it for Carolina with a 52-yard field goal.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.