By John DeShazier
The New Orleans Saints
While obviously cognizant of the New Orleans Saints’ dominant defensive performance on Sunday in a 24-0 win over the Raiders in the Caesars Superdome, whatever victory lap linebacker Demario Davis might or might not have taken was complete by Monday afternoon.
Possibly, it ended before he exited the postgame locker room because Davis has helped sculpt heavy-handed defensive showings by the Saints (3-5), who applied their heaviest hands of the season against the Raiders: A shutout for the first time since a 9-0 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 14, and Week 15, of last season, with 183 yards allowed (38 rushing on 13 carries), an interception, four sacks, seven tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, eight passes defended and nine stops on 14 third-down attempts.
“What we did last game wasn’t anything great,” said Davis, who finished with three tackles and is tied for the team lead with five sacks, which ties his single-season high. “That’s our standard.
“It literally has to be at that level or better, because that’s foundational to who we are – stopping the run, getting after the quarterback and finding a way to take the ball away. We have to do those things for our team to be where we want to go. For us to get to where we want to go, it has to be at that level or higher.”