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Brees says undefeated season is "within reach"

In October, our pal Monty of Sporting News Radio’s coincidentally-named The Monty Show asked Saints running back Reggie Bush whether he believes the team can go undefeated.

“Can we go undefeated?” Bush said.  “Yes.  I do think we have the
players, the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, the coaching
staff, we have the players.”

Running back Pierre Thomas offered up a similar sentiment, and quarterback Drew Brees then tried to convert their words into something that sounded far less presumptuous.

“I think what they both said was we have the discipline to
take it one game at a time, feeling like we can win each game one at a time,
and if you do that enough times, maybe you go undefeated,” Brees said.

But with 11 down and five to go, Brees is allowing himself to look ahead, while also focusing on the next opponent.

Asked during a Thursday press conference whether running the table can be added to the team’s list of goals, Brees said, “Sure, when you get this close, obviously it’s within reach.  It doesn’t mean anything if you fail to focus on an opponent that’s very deserving of that.  Washington is very deserving of concern for us, just because of the result the times we’ve played them and the fact it’s a road game after a big emotional Monday night victory on a short week.”

We don’t think he’s being boastful, just realistic.  The Saints have looked great for most of the year, and based on their performance against the Patriots on Monday night it’s more likely than not that New Orleans won’t lose a game during the regular season..

Besides, they’ve got no margin for error, if they plan to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.  The one-loss Vikings lost their one game to an AFC team (the Steelers).  If the Vikings win their final five and the Saints lose only once against a slate consisting of five NFC teams, Minnesota would win the tiebreaker based on the better NFC record.

So, yes, 16-0 is withing reach.  And if the Vikings keep winning, the Saints will be forced to grasp 16-0 if they want to force the road to Miami through the Superdome.

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  1. ncoolong says: Dec 3, 2009 8:35 PM

    Cue the Vikings fans chock full of indignation that their name was mentioned in something that doesn’t focus on them being the best team in the league.

  2. FumbleNuts says: Dec 3, 2009 8:35 PM

    Brees said, “Sure, when you get this close, obviously it’s within reach.
    The 1972 Miami Dolphins must be a little nervous.

  3. Warpath says: Dec 3, 2009 8:37 PM

    The Saints will overlook the Skins and lose. Brees will throw 2 picks and look out of sync. Fat Albert will play and clog up the middle. Skins 21 Saints 17.

  4. nfcbeast says: Dec 3, 2009 8:38 PM

    There isnt a team with enough quality corners or safties that can stop ‘NAWRLINS’ WR or the RB out in the flat.
    Their schedule is looking pretty damn easy the rest of the year.
    Brees just might get himself a Rogaine endorsement this year if they go undefeated.

  5. PervyHarvin says: Dec 3, 2009 8:40 PM

    A dome is a dome. A Vikings victory at an undefeated New Orleans Saints for the NFC Title would be the 7th best day of my life. Go ahead,go unbeaten. Really don’t care.You got the cupcake schedule,especially if Ryans out.

  6. thecrazytomato says: Dec 3, 2009 8:40 PM

    Who would of thought that this guy would have been the great QB he is, his first few years in SD. This guy is a class act.

  7. BonnieD says: Dec 3, 2009 8:40 PM

    The Saints have a really easy schedule. Let’s see them play a smash mouth defense before we give them a Super Bowl ring.

  8. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Dec 3, 2009 8:42 PM

    They’re gonna lose this weekend for sure, now. Once you think about going undefeated you’ve left reality.

  9. BreakingTackles IN P-TOWN says: Dec 3, 2009 8:44 PM

    Drew you are the man right now but you had a lot of close games against some weak teams I give the props last Monday. But 16-0 isn’t that simple I think You loose 1 and Indianapolis goes 16-0. Are they talking? That is what I thought.

  10. INTENSEG says: Dec 3, 2009 8:46 PM

    16-0 WHO DAT

  11. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Dec 3, 2009 8:48 PM

    You heard it hear 1st folks: The N.O. Aints will march into Washington and get RICK ROLL’D
    Outside of that dome, in harsh weather, they will crumble.

  12. slipkid says: Dec 3, 2009 8:52 PM

    the vikings actually have had an easier schedule than n’awlins.

  13. Fire Ted says: Dec 3, 2009 8:56 PM

    Pervy, you would be the expert on the cupcake schedule, given your team has the easiest schedule in the league this season. I’ll pay your mortgage for a year if the Vikings get to the Super Bowl…I probabaly have enough coins in the console of my truck to pay it off.

  14. karmathaitch says: Dec 3, 2009 8:58 PM

    Lets see what happens in the play-offs… Got my money on the Vikes….

  15. blackglass says: Dec 3, 2009 8:59 PM

    Pats fan here. Let’s go Saints (or Colts, for that matter)…shut that jerkoff Mercury Morris up and go 19-0. PLEASE.

  16. Bigbluefan says: Dec 3, 2009 9:03 PM

    Lets remember two seasons ago when a team went 16-0 all you need to do is win enough to get to the big game if you dont win that the rest is meaningless ask the Pats if they would rather have lost any other game that year

  17. Richm2256 says: Dec 3, 2009 9:23 PM

    BonnieD says:
    The Saints have a really easy schedule. Let’s see them play a smash mouth defense before we give them a Super Bowl ring.
    They just did, or weren’t you watching what they did Monday night to our beloved Patriots. That’s P-A-T-T-R-I-O-T-S, not Bucs, not Browns.
    I don’t know if either the Colts or Saints can go undefeated; as a Patriots fan I hope not but with two teams gunning for it, the odds are decent that one of them can, especially with the cream puff games they pretty much have left.
    That said, New England proved in ’07 that an undefeated season means squat without a Super Bowl as an exclamation point at the end.
    “It don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that ring”, as the song goes.

  18. SmackMyVickUp says: Dec 3, 2009 9:28 PM

    He didn’t come out an guarantee it, he was asked a question about it and replied with a good answer.

  19. ScottThompson1982 says: Dec 3, 2009 9:40 PM

    I am not a Vikes fan but even as a Packer fan it is obvious that the Vikings are just as good as the Saints as that bad penalty against Minnesota is what cost them the steelers game, the head reff even admitted it.

  20. louisianafootballfan says: Dec 3, 2009 9:47 PM

    Drew Brees is definitely a class act, and if he would have continued to dodge the question you all would be complaining about that. I don’t see where the Vikings have had any tougher of a schedule. If you can’t step back and applaud the Saints for what they’ve done this season then you’re not truly a football fan. Whoever you’re rooting for, this team is impressive. Stop hating…green with envy isn’t your color.

  21. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 3, 2009 9:59 PM

    I think Brees answered the question honestly. The Saints do have a realistic chance to go 16-0, and 19-0 for that matter. They are taking it one game at a time. The Redskins game will be tough. On the road, short week, very good defense, after an emotional home game. Even with that, I will be at the game just behind the Saints bench cheering them on.
    The Saints have to keep winning, not because of the possible 16-0, but to maintain the #1 seed in the playoffs. Lose 1 game and all bets are off for the Super Bowl. I don’t see the Vikings losing a game – until the playoffs.
    Go Saints!!!

  22. VoxVagina says: Dec 3, 2009 10:01 PM

    By saying that it is within reach, Brees just jinxed the team and they will lose their next game

  23. PervyHarvin says: Dec 3, 2009 10:04 PM

    @ Richm2256- That Pats team is as big a joke as you are douche,welcome to your mediocrity. Sad days in chowder land.
    ScottThompson1982- As a Packer fan that you are,I respect your honesty.You are right. Too bad too many turds are in your fan base without the sense you have.
    @ retardTed- Son,my home is paid for. Happens to be lake shore property. Your annual salary most likely couldn’t pay for it’s taxes and upkeep. Keep hating fool.

  24. LovinBlue says: Dec 3, 2009 10:07 PM

    Richm2256 says:
    “I don’t know if either the Colts or Saints can go undefeated; as a Patriots fan I hope not but with two teams gunning for it the odds are decent that one of them can, especially with the cream puff games they pretty much have left.”
    Actually, the Colts coaches and GM have already stated that going undefeated is not their goal. If they get home field advantage, they will rest their starters in any meaningless games. Would I love for them to go undefeated? Yes. Do I care? Not for anything but a SB win.

  25. straightup says: Dec 3, 2009 10:11 PM

    LOL….OH MY. Anyone who knows anything about football can look at the Vikings schedule and compare it to the Saints and see that the Vikings have an easier schedule. Look at who they have played and by how many points they have won by. So i hear some say the Saints barely beat this team or that team, guess what every team has a bad game. The defenses they have seen are alot better than what the Vikings have seen. I think even the Vikings fans are waiting for that 5 pick day for Farve, it’ll come in the playoffs when they play the saints who most off yall said “Brady wont’ fall for those same mistakes other teams have for the Saints.” Just give them there props and face that their good. And as for Washington…..Saints have seen way better defenses and average more than the skins points wise. Good luck….lol

  26. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 3, 2009 10:20 PM

    LovinBlue:
    “Actually, the Colts coaches and GM have already stated that going undefeated is not their goal. If they get home field advantage, they will rest their starters in any meaningless games. Would I love for them to go undefeated? Yes. Do I care? Not for anything but a SB win.”
    The Colts are in a better position than the Saints because they are further ahead of their competition in the AFC. If somehow the Vikings lost two in a row (don’t see that happening), it would not surprise me if the Saints would let up in the final two games or so. I just don’t see the Vikings losing a game until the playoffs, so the Saints need to continue to win.

  27. Postman says: Dec 3, 2009 10:43 PM

    PercyHarvin said: “You got the cupcake schedule”
    The Saints just clocked the Patriots 38-17 on MNF and you’re going to criticize them for having a ‘cupcake schedule?’ Cupcake or not, the Saints are a freakin’ awesome team.

  28. zydecos34 says: Dec 3, 2009 10:49 PM

    Brees is a class act and so is the rest of the Saints. It all starts with their coach. His main message to the team after the win Monday night was ” We played a great team and beat them! Let’s continue to stay humble and take it one game at a time”. I have not once heard the Saints disrespect any opponent this year and even Shockey has become humble. The way they are playing they have nothing but respect to all teams they face this year. As for their schedule no one expected them to blow out the Eagles, Giants and Patriots let alone come from behind in Miami to win. So people give the Saints their props as well as the Vikings. Neither team is talking smack they just go out and play to win the game. Colts are the same way.

  29. Havren says: Dec 3, 2009 10:51 PM

    @straightup The Vikings have played the #1 rated defense twice and beat them both times. And they would’ve beaten the Steelers D WITH Troy Polamalu (sp?) except that the refs gave the steelers yet another game. And the Vikings have the “Who deys” coming up, and they have a very good defense as well.

  30. PervyHarvin says: Dec 3, 2009 10:52 PM

    Saints are good.Just not good enough to beat the Vikings. Ya’ll be sayin’ Who dat ole Qb kicking R azz?!?” Remember Pervy Harvin told you so. Now,go fetch me some high quality H2O!

  31. PervyHarvin says: Dec 3, 2009 10:56 PM

    @ Postman-Yes they are.Can’t wait to beat them.

  32. marshall70 says: Dec 3, 2009 11:03 PM

    Saints have a cupcake schedule, I agree with Harvin

  33. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 3, 2009 11:11 PM

    I think I speak for a large portion of Vikings fans with this view:
    The Saints are a very good team. So are the Vikings. It’s a shame that one of them — possibly both — won’t be in the Super Bowl because both teams are better than many other teams that have been the Super Bowl (especially if they go 16-0 and 15-1).
    If the Saints beat the Vikings in the NFC championship, it will be very disappointing for the Vikings, but hats off to the Saints because they have a chance to be one of the all-time great teams. However, it’s a matchup Vikings fans can feel good about their odds, no matter where it’s played. I don’t think the Vikings SHOULD win. I also don’t think the Saints SHOULD win. Whoever plays the better game that particular day will win. Neither team is much better than the other.
    But talk of the NFC championship is premature. Both teams have to continue taking care of business, otherwise a team like the Eagles or Cardinals could find their way to the NFC championship.
    And when it’s all said and done, maybe it’s the Colts that win the Super Bowl and get talked about as one of the greatest teams of all time.

  34. Patrian says: Dec 3, 2009 11:23 PM

    Dallas 27
    Saints 21

  35. RogerSucks says: Dec 3, 2009 11:48 PM

    Quit complaining about who each team has played, all they can do is take care of who is on the schedule. Based on the records entering the season the Saints had the 9th toughest schedule while the Vikings had the 31st. So the so-called Saints cupcake schedule is bull.
    And for the natural counter argument saying well that was the beginning of the season: Up until this point in the season each team has only faced a team with an above .500 record (current record) four times. Their schedules seem pretty comparable at this point. So if one is a “cupcake”, they both are.

  36. NFLFanForever says: Dec 4, 2009 12:00 AM

    Patriots have no running game. A team like that can not beat the Saints.

  37. sand0 says: Dec 4, 2009 12:13 AM

    Kind of funny to hear all this talk of who had the tougher schedule. Both teams played two 7 win teams, two 6 win teams, and then a bunch of teams with currently under .500 records. Aren’t we kind of splitting hairs here saying one has had it easy over the other?
    Both the Vikings and Saints have had relatively easy schedules and dominated most teams on them, including some good ones. You can point to how the Saints dominated the Pats at home but I’d say the Vikings dominating the Packers in Lambeau was equally as impressive seeing how unpatriotic the Pats are this year. The thing is that in today’s NFL any team that hasn’t had to play the Colts, Saints, or Vikings has had a relatively easy schedule!
    When it comes down to it I believe both the Saints and Vikings are better than your average top seeded teams. It would be anyone’s game and likely the spread would favor the home team by 3. I do believe however that the Vikings have better balance run pass defense special. I also believe that the Saints defense would not look its usual self because of how AD forces teams into those crazy 8 and 9 man slanting fronts. On the other hand Brees and Co would cut through our D albeit with a higher pass percentage than they are used to. Nobody runs on the Vikings basically.
    It would be a fun game to watch that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens.

  38. purpleguy says: Dec 4, 2009 12:22 AM

    As a Vike fan, it’s hard not to like Brees or disagree with him. They’ve got the upper hand against most every team, including the Vikes by a little bit, particularly at home. I hope they get the chance to play in the NFC title matchup, as it would be a hell of a game. The winner will deserve to go to the Super Bowl.

  39. Schau3r says: Dec 4, 2009 12:30 AM

    I love how this idiot “Pervy Harvin” acts like he is 60 by telling “fireted” that he has a lake front property and it is all paid off. Go on to read the rest of his posts. Like a childish fool who hasn’t passed the 9th grade yet. You’re a joke.

  40. Mark0226 says: Dec 4, 2009 12:42 AM

    Take a look at the 2009 NFL Strength of Schedule page. (Google it on Sprint phone, because I don’t think they like links in comments). Based on last years W/L records, the Saints had the 8th most difficult schedule (.557 win pct). The Vikings had the 31st most difficult schedule (.423 win pct).
    However, based on current standings, the Saints had the easier schedule with opponents having a .395 win pct compared to Vikings opponents with a .42o win pct. Removing the W/L created by Saints and Vikes and you get .422 and .442 respectively.

  41. pdxbolt4life says: Dec 4, 2009 12:48 AM

    The only problem with anyone being close to undefeated means ALL OF US with be subjected to goddamn Mercury Morris and his idioticramblings about how the champagne is on ice and blah blah blah for the entire last month of football!!!

  42. bustabloodvessel says: Dec 4, 2009 12:56 AM

    Saints are a good team, but my Vikes are better. The Vikings have a better d than anyone the Saints have played. Before anyone starts naming defensive ranks, most of the yards the Vikings give up are between the 20′s, so to me they don’t really count. Vikes roll through the rest of their “cupcake” schedule, which includes 2 division leaders, and a possible wild card team, and into a first round bye and good chance of homefield throughout.

  43. straightup says: Dec 4, 2009 2:12 AM

    Havren, those teams weren’t ranked like that at the beginning of the season. Look both the Saints and Viking are extremely good. I like the Vikings so i’m not trying to take anything from them, i just think the Saints are better right now. All joking aside, i don’t want to play them in the playoffs, having Farve with all the experience he has me a little nervous…lol. Well if nothing else were in for a hell of a football game.

  44. Tompadre says: Dec 4, 2009 5:03 AM

    Bob Loblaw -
    Couldn’t agree more!
    Here’s a breakdown of what RogerSucks & Sando where saying about the schedules:
    NO: Phil & NE – 7-4
    Min: GB & GB (2nd time) 7-4
    NO: NYG & Atl – 6-5
    Min: Pitt & Balt – 6-5
    NO: Mia 5-6
    Min: SF 5-6
    NO: Car & Buf – 4-7
    Min: Chi & Sea – 4-7
    NO: Det 2-9
    Min: Det 2-9
    NO: St Lou & TB 1-10
    Min: St Lou & Cle 1-10
    NO: NYJ 5-6
    Min: Det 2-9
    NO played one team with a better record for a total of three more victories. Not a lot of difference.
    For those assuming it’s automatic to beat bad teams, just check in with Cincy, Pitt, Phil, Ari, Atl, Den, NE & GB and see if they agree with you. There are also a fair share of teams barely surviving close shaves with some of the dregs of the league.
    Let’s just appreciate the fact we have three teams with a combined record of 32-1! The only thing that guarantees any of them, is they have huge targets on their backs from here on out. Man is football awesome!

  45. MNFANINAZ says: Dec 4, 2009 6:42 AM

    The Vikings have played the easiest schedule, you know why… because theyve made it so.
    ALL WE DO IS WIN
    ALL WE DO IS WIN
    I dare you to google: New Orlean Saints fans with bags on their heads.
    Nice fan base.
    Thanks for coming, please try the Gumbo.

  46. DonTerrelli says: Dec 4, 2009 6:53 AM

    Back in Boston, Tom Brady and BB are developing a poisoned apple for Brees and laughing like Skeletor

  47. PervyHarvin says: Dec 4, 2009 8:25 AM

    Schau3r says:
    December 4, 2009 12:30 AM
    I love how this idiot “Pervy Harvin” acts like he is 60 by telling “fireted” that he has a lake front property and it is all paid off. Go on to read the rest of his posts. Like a childish fool who hasn’t passed the 9th grade yet. You’re a joke.
    ————————————————–
    Wow,Who has to be 60 to own a home? Don’t hate if I was a little more ambitious in my life than you.I’m much younger than 60 and will act how I wish on here,I’m a kid at heart,sorry if life beat you down.You like like the joke for all to see now,hows it feel? Mind your own business fool.
    @ BobLoblaw- Good point. Works that way though. I actually think The Saints and Vikings are the 2 best teams in football. IF its Saints and Vikings in the NFC Champ. that will be better than the SB I bet.

  48. PervyHarvin says: Dec 4, 2009 8:35 AM

    @ straightup -All joking aside,I agree. Any Saints or Viking fan would be a fool not to fear the other team to some degree. It’s like a Ali-Frazier fight. Who gets the best punches in and who defends the best will be the winner on THAT DAY. Either is capable of victory.

  49. BonnieD says: Dec 4, 2009 8:44 AM

    Yes, the Saints and Vikes have for the most part easy schedules. They don’t have the bruising schedule of teams like the ones in the AFC North who have to play tough physical defenses twice a year. The Vikes did play the Steelers (No 1 defense) and lost. Let’s see how the Saints do against a tough, physical defense.

  50. FLORIO_IS_A_SELLOUT says: Dec 4, 2009 11:01 AM

    PervyHarvin says:
    December 4, 2009 8:25 AM
    Schau3r says:
    December 4, 2009 12:30 AM
    I love how this idiot “Pervy Harvin” acts like he is 60 by telling “fireted” that he has a lake front property and it is all paid off. Go on to read the rest of his posts. Like a childish fool who hasn’t passed the 9th grade yet. You’re a joke.
    ————————————————–
    Wow,Who has to be 60 to own a home? Don’t hate if I was a little more ambitious in my life than you.I’m much younger than 60 and will act how I wish on here,I’m a kid at heart,sorry if life beat you down.You like like the joke for all to see now,hows it feel? Mind your own business fool.
    @ BobLoblaw- Good point. Works that way though. I actually think The Saints and Vikings are the 2 best teams in football. IF its Saints and Vikings in the NFC Champ. that will be better than the SB I bet.
    - Ya this guy owns shorefront property. LOL the kid is in high school. Pervy just keep your juvenile mouth shut got it?

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