Gameday is here as the Saints find themselves on the road once again traveling to Minnestoa . The Saints are coming off a tough win against Tennessee, while the Vikings lost to division foe Detroit. This game on paper should be a blowout but just think back to that trip the Saints made to St. Louis and that should be the wake up call they need as they play a team that has nothing to lose. Should be a good one and here are five things I will be watching for in today’s game.
1. What happened to the Minnestoa Vikings? no comments
This week the Saints travel to the Metrodome to face the 2-11 Minnesota Vikings. I had to go back to look at the standings just to make sure that the Vikings have really lost eleven games. To say it has been a down year for the Vikings would be an understatement as they have played some bad football. This game has the makings of a trap game as nobody expects the Vikings to come out with a win but the Saints Nation knows all too well how that game with St. Louis went with the Rams winning a game nobody gave them a chance to win. I expect the Saints will play their best game especially with that first round bye still in their sights .
This week the Saints have to prepare for a guy who can return it back for touchdowns in Percy Harvin. no comments
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"There's two cities like I don't go out to eat or don't do anything. It's Detroit and New Orleans. New Orleans looks like I'm driving through a third-world country every time I get off the plane, I'm like, 'Oh, flak jacket.' I'm trying to get down. I'm like, 'Ah, crap, I can't carry my gun here. This sucks."
Classy stuff. And sorry buddy, but I really feel sorry for you if you're missing out on the New Orleans food. As expected, Allen was pressed for comments this week by the NOLA press and he responded with a halfhearted, non-apology, apology:
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The defense for the second week in a row gave up 17 points, which was good enough for a win, but made us somewhat uncomfortable in the process. This week of particular note was a very clear gameplan to contain Chris Johnson. Mission accomplished in that department as he finished with just 11 carries for 23 yards. The Saints' secondary continues to get gashed, though, and this time they yielded 314 yards (most at the hands of a rookie quarterback) on just 18 completions. Something needs to be done about these big explosive plays the defense gives up. It would be more tolerable if they were getting turnovers, but once again the Saints went a full game without getting one. Luckily the Saints aren't turning the ball over either. I thought this was the best interior defensive line play we've seen from the Saints all season, but the coverage continues to under perform. 10-3 sure feels nice, though, and the playoff berth allows us all to start rooting specifically for seeding. Regardless of how bad the Saints play defensively, the reality is I'll take it every time if I'm offered a 17 point output. Every single game. On to the grades.
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The offense put up 22 points and if you had told me before the game that would be their output I would have been fairly pessimistic. In the end, though, considering how flag happy the referee crew was, 22 points was about as much as you could hope for. Still, you can't help but feel like the offense left points out there thanks to a combination of poor discipline and lack of execution in the red zone. As much as I fault the players at times for making mistakes, I thought the play calling in this game was often questionable. Most bothersome was the 3rd and 7 pass play on theSaints' final offensive play that was almost intercepted, and stopped the clock with 1:45 left. The Saints should have run the ball there since the Titans had no timeouts and they would have given the ball back to them deep in their own territory with well under a minute left. Instead, they gave us the scare of a lifetime. While the execution was poor, I just don't understand throwing the ball to Chris Ivory, a player who hasn't caught a pass all season, in that situation. If you're trying to kill the game, that's not the way to do it. I was also annoyed by the fact that Pierre Thomasran for 10 yards on the very first play of the game, and only saw one other carry for the remainder of the first half. The Saints' refusal to run is fine and all, but you would think they'd at least attempt to a bit more against a team that can't stop the run in sub 40 degree temperatures outdoors. Instead the pass to run ratio was 47 to 26. I realize the penalties forced the Saints' hand a bit but the play calling has to be more balanced. The Saints, after all, are a very good running team, they just happen to be better at passing. On to the grades...