Do you remember when there was this whole narrative about the Saints being awful after a bye week under Sean Payton? It used to be a major issue before things got turned around. Here is how the Saints have done in the Sean Payton era coming off a bye:no comments
It really is unfair that the defense could play like that all game and get victimized with 5 seconds left because the offense couldn't get a first down to kill the game. The defense ends up being the goat after playing their hearts out and coming up with numerous big plays down the stretch. Such is life, though, so here are the grades:no comments
Andrew, Dave and Kevin join Ralph to rehash the nightmare ending in New England. They begin by arguing over the Saints final play call of Drew Brees running a bootleg. Andrew discusses if the Saints new found running game is here to stay. Dave wonders how Sean Payton got so out-coached. Kevin has a few words about the officiating, most of them of the four letter variety. Get comfortable, he has a lot to say, including bath salts, Tom Brady, among other things.
The boys then go nuts about a Mike Freeman column and his ripping of Sean Payton.
Does Khiry Robinson need to be getting more rushing attempts than Darren Sproles? Kevin is excited about his BFF Kenny Stills. Andrew wonders how Jimmy Graham's injury might affect his contract situation. Ralph is starting to worry about Marques Colston.
Will the Saints have two guys with double digits sacks?
The guys wrap up with the worst Tweet of the week, answer your questions, and announce a contest where you can have Kevin or Ralph insult the non Saints fan in your family.
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This was by far the Saints' best offensive performance from an offensive line and running game standpoint. It's odd that it happens to coincide with such a bad game from Brees and Graham. Graham was by design, but Brees was just way off. It's just too bad because this offense needed just one first down to kill this game on the final two drives and couldn't make it happen. While there are some positives to take from this, it's disappointing this offense couldn't finish the game. On to the grades...no comments
How do I even recap a game like that and do it any kind of justice? There is no two ways around this one, that was a brutal loss. As bad as it gets. That one will sting for a long time, worse because we're now left with that taste in our mouth going into the bye. The Saints had two golden opportunities to put this game away, all that was needed was a first down. They couldn't get one, though, and Tom Brady put a miraculous drive for the ages together to rip out the Saints' heart with 5 seconds left in the game. Both teams are now 5-1 and the Saints will head into the bye week nursing some injuries, including those of Cam Jordan and Jimmy Graham (neither appeared to be too too serious). Some observations in this one:no comments
I do believe the Saints will face their toughest opponent to date this season, on the road no less, as they take on the Patriots in Foxboro. If the Saints want to go 6-0 they are definitely going to have to earn it today. There is no question they have the talent and ability to take this one, though. But it will likely take close to a perfect game from the Saints to pull off. Here are the five things I'm looking for:no comments
I caught up with my buddy Derek Hanson who runs "Foxboro Blog", one of the very first blogs to join the Bloguin network. before Sunday's game for your usual Q&A. Many thanks to Derek for dropping some knowledge, I bet you'll learn some stuff. Personally he's given me a little more confidence going into this game, and I already felt good about it. Note we did this Q&A earlier in the week when Gronk was set to go... now it looks like he might not. Hope you enjoy!no comments
Congrats do jdup22 for winning last week's weekly guru contest. He was tied with me and mKS1053 going into the bonus round, and had the closest score. Serves me right for picking the Bears to win. I won't make that mistake again. jdup22 is now tied with two others with one weekly win for second place, while eliza18s continues to lead with two wins.
Make your predictions for the Patriots game and try to win a $50 gift card to NFL.com at the end of the season. Here's how it works: answer each of the five questions below (5th question is the tiebreaker) in the comment section. If you win, you automatically go into the standings as a weekly winner for the season. The person with the most weekly wins at the end of the season will win the $50 gift card. Good luck, here are the questions:no comments
The hire of Rob Ryan through 5 weeks seems like a huge overwhelming success. The Saints have yet to give up 20 or more points in five straight games and they are doing that with mostly the same players they had last year (add John Jenkins, Kenny Vaccaro and Keenan Lewis). The Saints are currently 11th overall in defense, plenty good enough when you consider the other side of the ball. Case in point, they are 5-0. The Saints are 7th in sacks, 3rd in interceptions, 9th in fumble recoveries, and 4th in points allowed. So I guess the removal of Steve Spagnuolo, addition of Rob Ryan, a new scheme and a few players was all that was needed to make a defense go from the worst in league history to around the top 10 in quality? Obviously Ryan adds a different dimension, tenacity and edge to this defense that Spags just didn't bring. The players love him. But how much of it is the change to a 3-4? Remember, the decision to change the Saints' base defense was made before Rob Ryan was hired. Is that tweak all that was needed to transform the unit's play?no comments
Jay Richardson's release for make room for the 53 man roster came as a bit of a shock considering Junior Galette and Martez Wilson were so banged up going into the season's opener. The Saints did eventually bring Richardson back, but now that OLB is becoming a healthier position and the Saints continue to battle with injuries along the defensive line, they've decided to part ways with Richardson again. Because the Saints play so much nickel, an extra defensive end is actually more useful than an outside linebacker anyway. The Saints in nickel are typically using Hawthorne and Lofton as the linebackers, both ILBs in the 3-4 package, and Galette as more of a down lineman with 4 front rushers. So three healthy OLBs on the roster is plenty. With the open roster spot the Saints signed DE Keyunta Dawson.no comments