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SmashMouth 11-04-2018 06:44 PM

Observations from Saints vs. Rams
 
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This was a game for the ages.

The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams met in the NFL’s marquee game of the week, and it did not disappoint.

Coming into the game, which pitted two of the league’s most explosive offenses, it seemed whichever team made timely plays on defense would emerge victorious.

In the end, that team was the Saints, who won 45-35 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to improve to 7-1 and take midseason bragging rights at the top team in the NFC.

What went right: The Saints scored touchdowns on five of six possessions in the first half, and just about everything went right.

Alvin Kamara was incredible, scoring three first-half touchdowns as he frequently created yards where the Rams appeared to have him contained. Michael Thomas made some catches with Marcus Peters draped all over him. Drew Brees was precise as a passer and knew when to run a couple times.

Kamara wasn’t as productive in the second half, but Thomas and Brees came up with the biggest play of the game as Thomas caught a 72-yard touchdown pass to give the Saints a 45-35 lead with 3:52 remaining. That catch also helped Thomas set a new single-game franchise record with 211 receiving yards.

The Saints offensive line deserves a ton of credit for neutralizing the Rams pass rush for much of the game. Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald made some big plays, but the Saints kept him quiet compared to his typical performance.

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Defensively, the Saints knew creating turnovers was key, and linebacker Alex Anzalone made a huge play with an impressive leaping interception in the second quarter. The takeaway came on the first play of a Rams drive, and the Saints’ ensuing touchdown gave them a 35-14 lead.

In the fourth quarter, cornerback P.J. Williams made a few clutch plays that led to two defensive stops, which were critical against a potent Rams offense.

What went wrong: The Rams went on a 21-0 run from late in the second quarter to early in the fourth quarter, which erased the Saints’ 21-point lead.

The Saints defense allowed several big plays, which was the primary reason the game remained close. With 6:23 left in the fourth quarter, the Rams were averaging 9.1 yards per play. That’s unheard of and indicative of how open Rams receivers were throughout the game.

Mark Ingram’s fumble in the second quarter was really the only misstep by the Saints offense in the first half, but the defense forced a turnover on downs after barely stopping a fake field goal.

The Saints offense slowed down a bit in the second half, but the timely Thomas touchdown made

Player of the game: Thomas

NOLA

SmashMouth 11-04-2018 06:46 PM

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Pete 11-04-2018 06:50 PM

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Coach gunna chew they ass out for letting them back in it.

Hopefully we can sweep the cowliner panters lol

Who-Dat for damn sure!

SmashMouth 11-04-2018 06:53 PM

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K Major 11-04-2018 06:57 PM

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Saints O line is ELITE. #1 in the league. At least in my eyes.

Crusader 11-04-2018 07:01 PM

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* O-line played a fantastic game against that front.

* Our D-line and especially Jordan was so blatantly held at times that it wasn't even funny.

* Kamara is a stud. No other way to put it.

* Davis is a bad man.

* Brees is Brees

* **** Thomas sideways with a chainsaw for pulling out that cellphone.

SmashMouth 11-04-2018 07:08 PM

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Crusader 11-04-2018 07:10 PM

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cmike 11-04-2018 07:10 PM

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Rams less than 100 on ground.

ChrisXVI 11-04-2018 07:15 PM

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This may be an unpopular opinion based on Goff’s stats, but our CB’s played fantastic. Other than the big pass to Cooks, Marshon Lattimore wasn’t thrown at. Eli Apple quietly took a major step forward as our #2. No need to say anything about PJ Williams... He has a well-deserved thread of his own! The coverage issues are almost all on the Three Stooges playing safety.

You want bad CB play? Did you see Marcus Peters?! He’s absolute garbage nowadays.

|Mitch| 11-04-2018 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by ChrisXVI (Post 822041)
This may be an unpopular opinion based on Goff’s stats, but our CB’s played fantastic. Other than the big pass to Cooks, Marshon Lattimore wasn’t thrown at. Eli Apple quietly took a major step forward as our #2. No need to say anything about PJ Williams... He has a well-deserved thread of his own! The coverage issues are almost all on the Three Stooges playing safety.

You want bad CB play? Did you see Marcus Peters?! He’s absolute garbage nowadays.



Yes; our safeties struggle in cover 2 ... I really don’t understand it, unless communication is the issue?


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K Major 11-04-2018 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by ChrisXVI (Post 822041)

You want bad CB play? Did you see Marcus Peters?! He’s absolute garbage nowadays.

He was LIT UP !!

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Halo 11-04-2018 07:30 PM

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  • Impressive first half
  • Rams made adjustments and proved why they are a top team in the NFL with the comeback
  • Impressed that our defense and offense woke up in the 4th quarter (not easy to do and even good teams lose getting too far up in a half)
  • Michael Thomas is a potential hall of fame WR....
  • Michael Thomas' antics in the end zone were the stupidest and most annoying thing I've seen since Joe Horn did the same thing in 2003. It's not the kind of thing our team is about and shows immaturity.

dizzle88 11-04-2018 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Halo (Post 822046)
  • Impressive first half
  • Rams made adjustments and proved why they are a top team in the NFL with the comeback
  • Impressed that our defense and offense woke up in the 4th quarter (not easy to do and even good teams lose getting too far up in a half)
  • Michael Thomas is a potential hall of fame WR....
  • Michael Thomas' antics in the end zone were the stupidest and most annoying thing I've seen since Joe Horn did the same thing in 2003. It's not the kind of thing our team is about and shows immaturity.

Thomas' immaturity is starting to worry me, Twitter feuds, switching agents and now the Cell Phone thing. He's a great player but quickly becoming a distraction.

ChrisXVI 11-04-2018 07:33 PM

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Am I the only one who doesn’t give a crap about the cell phone thing?

frydaddy 11-04-2018 07:35 PM

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More of the same whiny ass bs from clowns fans. I'm so glad I was born a Saints fan.

frydaddy 11-04-2018 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by ChrisXVI (Post 822048)
Am I the only one who doesn’t give a crap about the cell phone thing?

Yeah. I mean admittedly it wasn't smart, but I don't really care. It was a huge play in a huge game, that's what sticks with me.

Halo 11-04-2018 07:40 PM

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Some of the comments........ when you live a "falcon's life", what exactly do you smoke to experience that level of delusion???
Does living a "falcon's life" mean it's time to go to bed at 8pm because the school bus comes early and your mom might beat you with her high heel shoe if you're up past 8pm??

WW_Who_Dat 11-04-2018 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by ChrisXVI (Post 822041)
This may be an unpopular opinion based on Goff’s stats, but our CB’s played fantastic. Other than the big pass to Cooks, Marshon Lattimore wasn’t thrown at. Eli Apple quietly took a major step forward as our #2. No need to say anything about PJ Williams... He has a well-deserved thread of his own! The coverage issues are almost all on the Three Stooges playing safety.

You want bad CB play? Did you see Marcus Peters?! He’s absolute garbage nowadays.

I do not think I saw a Safety within yards of the catch today ... last week ... the week before ... must I go on?

Crusader 11-04-2018 08:11 PM

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Smith is quietly getting better at WR. Good explosiveness and his body control is great.

K Major 11-04-2018 08:18 PM

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Observation : Rams looking like they may have over paid on defense.

They were skull drug today.

jeanpierre 11-04-2018 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ChrisXVI (Post 822048)
Am I the only one who doesn’t give a crap about the cell phone thing?

Laughed for half a sec until I saw the yellow flag thrown at the base of the goal post and I saw how much time was left...

Swag is swag, but that was a stupid taunting penalty with time still left on the clock for a dangerous opponent and the ball essentially goes to the 40 yd line...

Look, I had a great day after a bad week (had Thomas, Kupp and Zuerlein in my Big Money Fantasy League vs an arch-rival/nemesis)...

So I was on Cloud 9 when Brees threw that kill-shot to Thomas, then that flag and it all came rushing back - all those games thrown away at the end...

Chris, swag is swag, but that kind of sh*t in a tight game, just real surprised and disappointed in Thomas' choice today, he's usually better than that...

lee909 11-04-2018 08:27 PM

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Observation

Mark Ingram lighting up Dante Fowler with the flip


jeanpierre 11-04-2018 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by K Major (Post 822069)
Observation : Rams looking like they may have over paid on defense.

They were skull drug today.

To be fair, they were down a couple of defensive backs - and Donald had some amazing plays today...

But you're right, it was sweet to let Suh know he chose the wrong team and for him to see what he missed to have that Dome rocking in your favor...

WW_Who_Dat 11-04-2018 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jeanpierre (Post 822071)
Laughed for half a sec until I saw the yellow flag thrown at the base of the goal post and I saw how much time was left...

Swag is swag, but that was a stupid taunting penalty with time still left on the clock for a dangerous opponent and the ball essentially goes to the 40 yd line...

Look, I had a great day after a bad week (had THomas, Kupp and Zuerlein in my Big Money Fantasy League vs an arch-rival/nemesis)...

So I was on Cloud 9 when Brees threw that kill-shot to Thomas, then that flag and it all came rushing back - all those games thrown away at the end...

Chris, swag is swag, but that kind of sh*t in a tight game, just real surprised and disappointed in Thomas' choice today, he's usually better than that...

Did you notice in the first quarter one of the back judges stop MT from leave the field after a series pretty sure it was a cut the cr*p are you are going to get flagged.

SmashMouth 11-04-2018 09:15 PM

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Barry from MS 11-04-2018 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by K Major (Post 822024)
Saints O line is ELITE. #1 in the league. At least in my eyes.

You win 1,000 Likes. Our O Line held its own vs an Elite D-Line. Brees to Thomas/Kamara/etc doesn't happen this game.

They absolutely wreck games...then they met our O-line.

homerj07 11-04-2018 09:25 PM

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Wow. Our O-line was anything but offensive. They kicked ass and took names.

SaintFanInATLHELL 11-04-2018 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by homerj07 (Post 822087)
Wow. Our O-line was anything but offensive. They kicked ass and took names.

Consider this: Last week the Rams had 5 sacks. This week the Vikings had 10 sacks.

The Vikings played the Saints last week and had zero sacks! The Rams played the Saints this week and had zero sacks!

The O-Line is totally awesome!

SFIAH

saintfan 11-04-2018 10:14 PM

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Our OLine is bad azz. And then some. Those guys are the truth.

Barry from MS 11-04-2018 11:05 PM

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These guys as a group can go toe2toe with anyone. Great mix of veterans & younguns. And TALENTED.
Armstead-3rd Rd...age 27
Peat-1st Rd...age 25
Unger-2nd Rd...age 32
Warford-3rd Rd...age 27
Ram-1st Rd...age 24

Rell&Gold 11-04-2018 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by jeanpierre (Post 822073)
To be fair, they were down a couple of defensive backs - and Donald had some amazing plays today...

But you're right, it was sweet to let Suh know he chose the wrong team and for him to see what he missed to have that Dome rocking in your favor...

One and that was Aqib Talib, next man up, rawe didn't have Too or Davenport. Injuries are apart of the game NOT excuses. Plus up until this game they were undefeated right?

RockyMountainSaint 11-05-2018 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by WW_Who_Dat (Post 822083)
Did you notice in the first quarter one of the back judges stop MT from leave the field after a series pretty sure it was a cut the cr*p are you are going to get flagged.

That was Kamara be was talking to after his TD catch.
I rewound it to be sure.
He stuck the ball out after he crossed into the endzone.
Maybe it was construed as taunting.
Maybe it was taunting, which shouldn't be illegal.

neugey 11-05-2018 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 822097)
Our OLine is bad azz. And then some. Those guys are the truth.


The run blocking actually is impressing me the most. We are so much better at running the football from under center now. It is tough to defend. Particularly love the toss with Armstead out wide sealing. We used it to clinch the game at the end. The ability to run outside is so important - if you can't do it then defense can simply load up the box and stop your run.



I haven't been this happy with the Saints coaching in a long time. Probably ever. With Thomas and the running game we are high percentage chain-movers now. Even the flea flicker was like a 20 yard completion. Gone are the days of deep chucks to Cooks or Jimmy Graham or the chronic screen plays. I watched Green Bay last night and they are kind of falling into the trap we used to - trying too hard to exploit the defense and create big plays instead of moving the chains. We got smart.

jeanpierre 11-05-2018 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by lee909 (Post 822072)
Observation

Mark Ingram lighting up Dante Fowler with the flip


Watching the game with friends sitting in a tavern; one of my friends recently had shoulder surgery, wearing one of those shoulder brace supports...

That was the play he nearly undid his recent work as he started to try to high-five everyone after that big Boom block Ingram leveled...

If I'm coaching RBs and putting together a compilation video of great blocks, that one has got to be in there...

Overhead sound wasn't linked for the game (it was Joe Buck/Troy Aikman so we didn't really miss it) so when Ingram leveled Fowler, played P.O.D.'s Boom with the iPod/iPhone instead...

We were having a good time...

saintfan 11-05-2018 08:21 AM

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When we started this latest gauntlet, Ravens, Vikings, Rams, I was hoping hard to get 2 out of 3. 2/3 was my measure for success. I wouldn't have bet a single dollar on a sweep of those 3 teams, which is not a slight on our team but a recognition that the other guys are good too sometimes.

So, to sweep those 3, particularly in the fashion we did it...just wow.

jeanpierre 11-05-2018 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 822130)
When we started this latest gauntlet, Ravens, Vikings, Rams, I was hoping hard to get 2 out of 3. 2/3 was my measure for success. I wouldn't have bet a single dollar on a sweep of those 3 teams, which is not a slight on our team but a recognition that the other guys are good too sometimes.

So, to sweep those 3, particularly in the fashion we did it...just wow.

Great Point, and I'm not sure the talking heads will let the Saints fly-under-the-radar now, they'll be doubters, but the Saints won't be ignored...

TheOak 11-05-2018 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by dizzle88 (Post 822047)
Thomas' immaturity is starting to worry me, Twitter feuds, switching agents and now the Cell Phone thing. He's a great player but quickly becoming a distraction.

We are used to Colston, he isn't Coleston, and that's to our benefit presently. I wouldn't let his 'off the clock' worry you about his 'on the clock'. The homage to Joe Horn was with a stopped clock so technically off:).

Is he caustic in the locker room? Not that anyone has mentioned.
Is the cell phone penalty any different than Grahams dunk penalties? Nope
If Joe Horn had Twitter when he was a player would Thomas be any different? No
Does he whine or throw tantrums like Bryant? No
Is he trying to be bigger than the team? Not that I know of.

Most importantly, has any of the above eroded his performance? Not that I know of.

He has a chip on his shoulder and that makes a lot of people play harder.:bng:

foreverfan 11-05-2018 09:13 AM

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HOW THE SAINTS WON THE GAME

Score 35-35 and the Saint finally got the ball back the crowd started yelling

"Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints?"
"Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints?"
"Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints?"
"Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints?"
"Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints?"
"Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints?"

That was when both the offense and the defense took over the game again.
It was around 11:00 minutes left in the 4th quarter when a fire was lit under their asses. :o

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K Major 11-05-2018 09:14 AM

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Saints Free Agent off season linebacker signing ...

Demario Davis. He's been as good as advertised.

Money well spent there.


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