The New Orleans Saints chased a 13-3 regular season with an 0-4 start. They snapped out of it in Week Five with a win over the Chargers, and New Orleans has now won four out of five.
So when was the actual turning point for the team? All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham believes it happened in Week Six.
“I think it was Tampa game,” Graham told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. “Going up to Tampa Bay and having players like Malcolm Jenkins, one of our captains, run the receiver down and stop him on the one-yard line and then for our defense to step up and get a stop and get a turnover there. Plays like that, those are the things that have helped us to turn this thing around.”
The fact that Graham, who had a sprained ankle at the time, wasn’t even in the state of Florida when that game happened demonstrates its importance.
This weekend, they’ll try to push their record to .500 via a trip to Oakland. The Saints need it, because the schedule gets a lot more difficult the rest of the way.
As for the rest of the interview, I’ll post it as soon as we get the code from Stamford, Connecticut.
UPDATE 9:04 p.m. ET: And here it is.