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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The early part of Friday nightís 28-20 victory by the New Orleans Saints over the Oakland Raiders made me flash back four years. Back in a 2009 preseason game the Saints went out to Oakland and humiliated the Raiders. I ...

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Old 08-17-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
 
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Pat Yasinskas' Flashback to 2009

The early part of Friday nightís 28-20 victory by the New Orleans Saints over the Oakland Raiders made me flash back four years.

Back in a 2009 preseason game the Saints went out to Oakland and humiliated the Raiders. I ended up writing a post in which I said New Orleans looked like it was heading for the Super Bowl. When the Saints got to the Super Bowl some five months later, some New Orleans fans pointed back to that post and said I was clairvoyant.

The truth was I wrote that tongue in cheek. I was complimenting the Saints, but I also was pointing out that the Raiders looked terrible.

Iím doing the same things now (based mostly on the way the Saints dominated the first half, which is all that matters in a preseason game). But, hey, if the Saints do end up going to the Super Bowl again, you can say you heard it here first.

Some other observations on the Saints:
For those worried about the pass rush, relax a bit. The Saints produced five sacks in the first half. You can put some of the blame on the makeshift Oakland offensive line. But the Saints deserve some credit, too. The first-team defense looked very good.
Inside linebacker Curtis Lofton sat out with an unspecified injury. Ramon Humber took his place and came up with a tackle for a loss on a running play and a sack. With inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma also missing some time after knee surgery, Humber might have a chance at some playing time in the regular season.
One of the more intriguing competitions is for the Saints' third-receiver spot. Rookie Kenny Stills and second-year pro Nick Toon both played well. Toon, who isnít a prototypical deep threat, caught a 56-yard pass from Drew Brees early in the game. Stills, who does have the tools to be a deep threat, caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Running back Travaris Cadet didnít help his chances of landing a roster spot as he lost a fumble in the third quarter. Cadet had another third-quarter fumble, but the Saints were able to recover that one.
Quarterback Seneca Wallace, who is competing with Luke McCown for the backup job behind Brees, didnít have a good outing. The Saints turned the ball over three times while Wallace was in the game. McCown appears to have the inside track for the backup job.

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Old 08-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Look at Pat pulling his head out of his ass for once!
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This the 1st time I really took notice of C Brown blocking, geesh he looked like a man holding off a child. Block the guy using one arm and the guy look like he was giving his all going nowhere. 9 seconds!!!!!
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Still to early to tell how good or bad we can be!
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You heard it here first................SB part deaux.
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