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papz 11-06-2012 07:39 AM

New Orleans Saints find their swagger again in classic prime-time performance: First take
 
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Just in case any free agent coaches needed a reminder of how dynamic the New Orleans Saints can still be, they went out Monday night and played their best game of the season. Their 28-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was far from flawless, but it was loaded with inspiring moments and it kept a flicker of faith alive for this 2012 season.

For one night at least, the Saints (3-5) looked like Coach Sean Payton had never left. They had that familiar swagger back during a classic prime-time performance in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Quarterback Drew Brees looked as sharp as ever. And the Saints even ran the ball well all night, with a balanced and creative offense that exploited the weaknesses in the Eagles defense.

The Saints defense still had some frighteningly-bad breakdowns, but they also had a more aggressive approach than we've seen this season. They blitzed way more than usual - even before they took a big lead - attacking Eagles quarterback Michael Vick instead of sitting back and reacting to him.

Of course, it was just one game. And the Saints have been so inconsistent this season that it will take more than one victory to prove they've fixed any of their most glaring problems.

But it was a promising sign that the Saints didn't throw in the towel after their blowout loss to the Denver Broncos last week.

Read more: New Orleans Saints find their swagger again in classic prime-time performance: First take - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

Papa Voodoo 11-06-2012 12:09 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints find their swagger again in classic prime-time performance: First take
 
See, I should be a DC :P

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The defense, meanwhile, was almost unrecognizable. The Saints blitzed so often that it looked like former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams never left.

They had seven sacks - and three of them came during the Eagles' opening drive, including one forced fumble that Philadelphia recovered.



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