Deuce reflects on Saints-Bengals, Brees & Eagles

November 12, 2018 - 3:22 pm

by: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints blew out the Cincinnati Bengals 51-14.  Sandwiched in between games against the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles, some thought this may prove to be a trap game.  That was not the case. 

“The outside noise…or from us, the media…we kind of wanted to handcuff the Bengals as a trap game, just because it was an uncommon opponent and AFC team,” said WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister.  He went on to say how locked in this Saints team is, “A lot of people thought they may be more focused on the Rams and the Eagles, but that was far from the case.  Maybe even losing Dez Bryant the way they did made the Saints understand they can’t take anything for granted.”

The Saints offense dismantled the Bengals defense, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions and scoring on each drive except the final kneel down. McAllister is impressed with how the Black & Gold are doing it. “They haven’t had a lot of explosive plays, but they have been giving teams body blows.  And opposing teams haven’t been able to stop the Saints.  The way this team operates from an offensive standpoint, they are not beating themselves.  The Saints are not having a lot of turnovers; they’re not having a lot of penalties. They’re winning on first down and making third down manageable.”

New Orleans even lost left tackle Terron Armstead during the Bengals game, yet the offense continued without a hitch with backup Jermon Bushrod stepping up.  “I thought Bushrod did really, really well,” McAllister said.  “He’s an experienced left tackle, who has subbed in as an extra tight end for us this year.  He prepares extremely well.”

The Saints ground game racked up 244 yards, while Drew Brees was his usual accurate self, completing 22 of his 25 passes for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. Could this finally be the season Drew Brees wins the NFL’s MVP award? McAllister thinks there’s a good chance. “If Drew continues to play like he is, it’s going to be very, very hard for voters not to give him the award.  For Drew, it would be a nice award, but trust me, he is more interested and worried about winning a Super Bowl than an MVP award.  Drew’s focus is always going to be on the team and their success, but I would love to see him capture that award.”

The road certainly does not get easier for the Saints, who will receive a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.  The reigning Super Bowl champions are riddled with injuries. “The Eagles have disappointed some people.  They’ve had a lot of injuries.  You have cornerback Ronald Darby out.  Offensive tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters have missed time.  They lost running backs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles.  Quarterback Carson Wentz was also coming off an injury from last season,” said Deuce.

McAllister cautions the Eagles cannot be taken lightly, despite their 4-5 record.

“They’re still a talented, talented group.  Head Coach Doug Pederson does things offensively that puts you in difficult situations.  The Saints have to look at Philadelphia as the defending Super Bowl champion, because that’s who they are.”




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