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The Good, Bad, and Ugly from Saints win over Baltimore

Kristian Garic
October 22, 2018 - 10:16 am
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The Saints are one of the hottest teams in the NFL after beating the Baltimore Ravens 24-23 on the road in their fifth straight win.  For Drew Brees and Sean Payton it was a first as a member of the Saints.  Brees & Payton had previously never beaten the Ravens.  That streak is now over. 

Here’s this week’s good, bad and ugly from the win. 

Good:  

How about the Saints defense?  Okay, I know the Saints defense gave up some big passing plays, but I’m talking about the rushing defense. The Saints have the league’s number one ranked defense against the run.  That continued in the win over the Ravens.  Baltimore rushed for less than 4 yards per carry.  

Bad:  

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith got abused by Mike Thomas on a few plays, and was flagged for a critical pass interference call.  When I say bad, this is bad in a good way.  As in he’s a bad dude.  Taysom Hill is so fun to watch and continues to improve the Saints offense with so much versatility.  I loved how the Saints used a diverse attack to move the ball on the top ranked Ravens defense. 

Ugly:  

The look on Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s face after he missed the extra point that would have tied the game at the end of regulation.  Tucker had booted 222 consecutive extra points, until number 223 pushed wide right, giving the Saints a 24-23 win.  It’s ironic to think the best kicker in football missed such a gimme kick.  No longer are extra points the time for you as a fan to go to the bathroom or the fridge for a snack or drink. 

The Saints are back in action next Sunday night on the road against the Minnesota Vikings in primetime on Sunday night football.  It’s the Saints first trip back to Minnesota since the Minneapolis miracle in the divisional round of the playoffs last season.  That will be a big topic and theme this week.  If you thought you’ve seen that highlight of Marcus Williams whiffing on Stefan Diggs as time expired last season, get ready to relive that moment this week...again and again and again.

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