I have to say, this was a complete team win. The Saints got critical plays from all phases of the game. You had the Cadet return and the big Hartley kicks. You had Meachem, Brees and Colston on offense. But the defense holding the 49ers to 196 total yards from scrimmage and just 81 on the ground was monumental. That's what allowed this team to survive three turnovers. By the way, interesting to note that each unit was responsible for a turnover (Drew Brees on offense, Lance Moore on special teams, Corey White on defense). But the stops this defense continually makes in the clutch is perhaps what is most promising for the team down the road. On to the grades...no comments
The Saints needed every single one of the 387 yards they gained in order to win this one. While the game was close because of three costly turnovers, the offense was only responsible for one of them. This was in my opinion the offensive line's best game considering the opponent. The most impressive part of this game was the 97 yard statement drive that gave the Saints a 7-0 lead. They wouldn't have another dominant possession like that in this game, but it showed how good they can be. On to the grades...no comments
It's going to take me a while to recover from that one emotionally, but guess what, we have more football on Thursday! The Sainst beat the 49ers 23-20 thanks to a Garrett Hartley field goal with just over 2 minutes left to tie, and another Hartley field goal as time expired. The win gives the Saints an 8-2 record and they will root for the Patriots on Monday night to give them a two game lead in the NFC South. The game featured a few very questionable calls, including a roughing call on Brees late that possibly would've given the 49ers the victory if not called. The 49ers got their share of beneficial calls too. Regardless, it's clear that the better team won this game. Much to my surprise the Saints dominated both lines of scrimmage. Below are my bullets on the game:no comments
The Saints are looking to jump to 8-2 and maintain control of the 2nd seed in the NFC playoffs with a very important home game today against the 49ers. There's a lot at stake in this one at pure face value, but when you add in recent history it is a little big personal as well. We as fans feel it and I know the players feel it too. This is, in my opinion, the toughest opponent the Saints have faced to date and it will be an extremely physical contest. The Saints will have to scratch and claw their way to a win in this one, but as long as they pull it off I don't care about style points. Here are the five things I'll be looking for:no comments
I remember when the Saints went to San Francisco back in 2010 and won on the road 25-22 thanks to a last second Garrett Hartley field goal (by the way the last time we beat the 49ers). After the game Scott Shanle told me that Frank Gore talked the most trash of any NFL player he had ever faced. Apparently he was just running his mouth non stop the entire game, right before he lost. Later that week most Saints players echoed that sentiment in the media labelling the 49ers as big talkers. Since then things haven't gone as well against the 49ers, but Gore continues to have huge games against the Saints. In fact, Gore has had an average of 91.5 yards rushing the last four times he's faced the Saints... at an average of 5.38 yards per carry. Yikes! And that reminded me just how much I can't stand the guy. Then of course there's Vernon Davis, and there's no need to remind Saints fans what he's done to Roman Harper in recent history. So that got me thinking - which active players do I dislike the most in the NFL as a Saints fan?no comments
There's already been a lot of talk about revenge and payback when discussing the 49ers coming to New Orleans this week. The last two times these teams have played it's been close but the Saints walked away from the contests beat up and defeated. The keys may seem simple, but I think it's important to do two things: 1. match the 49ers' intensity and 2. take care of the football. The second applies in all games as the percentages always tilt way in favor of the team that wins the turnover battle. But because the 49ers have such a ballhawk defense, the risk of a turnover when playing them is much greater than your average game. So there is a heightened need for attention on protecting the football.
Here's how the last two games played out:no comments
Congrats to critter4319 for being a first time winner last week! He/she didn't have a picture on the profile so I had to pick Brees consoling Romo instead. If you want a pic to be pimped in the post you win for added glory you have to update your profile with a picture people! Anyway, we're moving on to the 49ers now.
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If you go looking at the stat sheet you may not grasp how good the Saints' defense was in this game. They didn't really top the run (89 yards at 5.6 per carry), they didn't really get sacks (3 but a couple were in garbage time) and they didn't get turnovers. The tackle numbers weren't very high either, so you'd look at that and be surprised they held the Cowboys to just 17 points. But the key stats that jump out are that they held Tony Romo to 10 of 24 passing, or 41.7% completions and the Cowboys were 0-9 (!!!) on 3rd down. The Saints held the Cowboys to 193 total yards by not allowing them to move the chains and playing best on 3rd down which got them off the field consistently all night long. On to the grades!no comments
The boys discuss the Saints complete destruction of the Dallas Cowboys. Ralph thinks it's the best 60 minutes of offense in the Drew Brees Era. Dave rekindles his romance with his BFF Mark Ingram. Andrew was blown away by the 40 first downs and marvels its awesomeness.
Kevin revels in Rob Ryan's defense holding the Cowboys to ZERO third down conversions and his romance continues with Kenny Stills. Ralph explains why the San Francisco 49ers are the worst team to play the week before a night game.
Andrew analyzes how the Saints can survive on defense the next few weeks if they are without both Malcolm Jenkins and Kenny Vaccaro. Corey White will be prominently involved and it won't be a crisis.
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The boys wrap up previewing the 49ers game, coaches they hate(Jim Harbaugh), using words Ralph doesn't understand and talking about Richie Incognito and Kevin mutes himself multiple times while talking.
Ralph asks if Jonathan Martin is going to be interviewed by Oprah.
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When you break the NFL for most first downs in a game in NFL history, that probably means everyone played pretty well on your offensive unit. The Saints were able to get their 40th first down on a 4th down run to end the game (39 was the previous record). Enough can't be said for a top to bottom complete performance where everyone chipped in.no comments