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The Saints Are A Good Team, Right?

October 17, 2011 at 05:26pm by Scott   •  7 Comments »

LeGarrette who?
Sorry for the late start here.

Earnest Graham went out to prove wrong the naysayers who said he couldn’t run like he did back in 2008 when the team had to lean on him as the leading running back. One of those naysayers was me, except I didn’t come right out and say he could do it; I took the pussy’s way out and questioned his ability without making any predictions. He ran for 109 yards at 6.4 YPC. That’s good eatin’. And it’s not like the Saints weren’t geared up to stop the run. The offensive line did an excellent job opening holes, even after Jeff Faine went down and Jeremy Zuttah stepped in to cover. I know, right?

Josh Freeman looked a little sketchy for a couple drives, but certainly better than he has for the last few games. With 300+ yards, 2 TDs and no picks, he was solid and sometimes excellent. Several overthrows and a couple of shoulda-been picks are still getting in the way of him having an elite game, but if he’s playing well enough to win, that’s enough for me.

Freeman should throw to Arrelious Benn more. That is all.

Kellen Winslow looked like he was getting frustrated with Freeman’s throws. We have no way of knowing who was right or wrong, but Winslow was right.

E.J. Biggers makes me nervous. They keep picking on him because they know he’s the weak link, but then they do it so often that eventually he comes up with one and then everyone thinks he’s good again. He got beat by both Marques Colston and Robert Meachem (Rocky Top!) for big ones and dropped a couple interceptions. I like him as a backup, but this may be an area to look at when the next draft comes up.

Was Tanard Jackson gone for some period of time? I honestly couldn’t tell.

The defensive line got no sacks and only one quarterback hurry, but somehow Drew Brees always looked like he was on the run. Michael Bennett continues to impress. I was noticing Da’Quan Bowers a lot, too. He was virtually absent on the stat sheet (1 fumble recovery), but it seemed like he was always around the play. Or I was having a stroke and couldn’t read the numbers correctly. It was an interesting weekend.

I’ll have more to write tomorrow, but my final word is this: Excellent game. It was a huge improvement over San Francisco, who is an inferior team. I’m not sure how that works… maybe it really does have to do with being on the west coast. But The defense came up big to stifle everything Brees was trying to do. The offense generated some of the big plays have have been missing and fed off that momentum. It’s certainly not a perfect team, but the stigma of only beating crappy teams is over.

7 Comments to “The Saints Are A Good Team, Right?”


Bricen (October 17, 2011 at 06:37pm:

No, it’s not over, they’re ganna blame the win on them losing Peyton. (by them I mean other fans not the saints themselves.)

Mark S

Mark S (October 17, 2011 at 07:51pm:

It was an excellent win and one that was won by Offense, Defense and Special Teams. I was on edge the whole game, but most of this was due to history and had nothing to do with how they played yesterday. I hope we will look back on this game as a turning point. A point when the team took a step toward being one of the elite teams.


manbearpig (October 17, 2011 at 08:19pm:

Bricen is right. Not one word was said on espn about how the Bucs won. It’s all about the coach and his broken leg. The impact surely scrambled the plays on his laminated game plan making it impossible to play the rest of the game. I’m surprised they just didn’t take a knee for the rest of the game.


Louie (October 18, 2011 at 09:42am:

So losing Peyton caused Brees to throw 3 picks? Bullshit! You mean to tell me a superstar QB like Brees can’t call his own plays? Bucs played a great game and beat the NFC South favorite. In fact, they beat the Saints and the refs in several cases. I thought the officiating was awful!

Way to go Graham and TJax!!!


cubsandbucsfan (October 18, 2011 at 11:11am:

How do you know that Scott is a great blogger? Because I got pissed waiting for his take on the game, that’s how.

When I look at the 1999 Team, I see some similarities (minus the GREAT D they had) with this team. After 6 games they were 3-3 and underachieving. This team is 4-2 but in my opinion still underachieving. But when the ’99 team was able to put it all together they went on a great streak…until they visited Oakland (the other west coast 45 point loss). Point being, 1 game does not a season make and if this team is able to tighten up the sloppiness (penalties, drops, etc) they could put together that kind of run again.

They have now beaten the Saints and Falcons, granted both at home, but still a necessary accomplishment if we are going to be NFC South Champs.


toolman (October 18, 2011 at 05:37pm:

It is just amazing how the “super stars” get praise when they do a good job and a missed play is dismissed by fans as part of the game. But let a reserve or marginal starter make an error and he gets all the blame. I’d just like to thank those that stepped up and filled the vacant spots when the chips were down…Zuttah, Larsen, Okam, and all the others who know who they are. GOOD GAME all of you.

Mark S

Mark S (October 19, 2011 at 12:27pm:

Maybe every fan feels this way, but I swear the refs must have something against the Bucs. It just seems like we get every shit call out there. We need a site that tracks referees and questionable calls, particularly judgement calls.

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