The Saints Are A Good Team, Right?
October 17, 2011 at 05:26pm by Scott • 7 Comments »
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.