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Saintswrath 09-21-2010 07:43 AM

Saints did everything it took..
 
If you want to know what champions are made of, look no further than the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

They took everything the San Francisco 49ers could throw out them Monday night and the 49ers played just about as good a game as they could have. It didnít matter because the Saints are the better team and they were going to do whatever it took to win, 25-22, on a last-second field goal by Garrett Hartley.

Thatís exactly what happened after the 49ers tied the game at 22 with one minute, 19 seconds left. Then, with the wind literally at his back, Drew Brees Profile - New Orleans Saints - ESPN did exactly what he did last year -- when the wind was symbolically at his back -- all the way to the Super Bowl.

Although he hadnít been his usual precise self much of the night, Brees was a machine on the final drive. His back-shoulder pass to Marques Colston Profile - New Orleans Saints - ESPN to set up the field goal was a thing of beauty. Hartleyís field goal wasnít a work of art, but the kick made it through the uprights and the Saints are 2-0.

On to some more observations on the Saints.
  • The offense hasnít been spectacular in the first two games, but I donít think thatís a big concern. In both games, the offense came through when it mattered most and thatís all that really counts. The Saints were going against two good defenses in San Francisco and Minnesota. With Brees and coach Sean Payton, you have to assume the offense will get on track on a consistent basis.
  • The defense hasnít been dominant by any means, but the encouraging thing is the Saints are coming up with turnovers. They did it against the 49ers and that was a big part of the reason why the Saints won. They took a bunch of body blows from running back Frank Gore Profile - San Francisco 49ers - ESPN and quarterback Alex Smith Profile - San Francisco 49ers - ESPN had one of the best games of his career. But the Saints still forced two interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
Saints did everything it took - NFC South Blog - ESPN
By Pat Yasinskas

homerj07 09-22-2010 01:38 PM

The "D" needs some work stopping the run!!

Rugby Saint II 09-22-2010 03:31 PM

We have to find a way to stop the run. I don't presume to say that I know how but I do see us being vulnerable to the run.


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