Oct 28, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) celebrates his sack with teammates during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium

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Hebert praises team effort against Vikings and challenges Saints D for Rams

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By:  Jordan Fiegel, WWL.com

In the aftermath of the New Orleans Saints 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Bobby Hebert says Saints fans are “living in the best of days.”

Drew Brees had a pedestrian game by his standards, throwing for just 120 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception, his first of the defense.  That didn’t stop the Saints from posting a double digit victory, and Hebert is happy about that.  “If someone would’ve told you that before the game, you would’ve thought the Saints would lose by double digits.  It was just a total team effort.  The ball was finally bouncing our way, too; and that’s a good sign,” said an excited Cajun Cannon.

Hebert praised the defense in particular.  The defense forced two turnovers, which put the Saints at +1 in the turnover margin.  Hebert pointed out how critical that is, especially with the Rams coming to town.  “The defense was really opportunistic.  You don’t see too many games where you’re on the road and you’re getting the breaks with the ball bouncing your way.”

The Saints defense was not perfect, of course.  They still gave up 338 yards.  And, of course, the Cajun Cannon sizes them up.  “Apple was below average, maybe a D.  I wouldn’t give him a failing grade, though, because he was still hanging in there hustling.  He’s going to continue to get picked on, however.  The Saints just need A.J. Apple to be a legit starter.  I’m not talking about Pro Bowl or anything, just a guy who can start opposite Marshon Lattimore.”

Hebert also brought up how another cornerback, P.J. Williams, responded after being picked on by Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.  “You have to take the good with the bad.  If you’re going to give up plays, you have to get something back.  P.J. influenced that fumble, and he got that pick six.  It’s about how you handle adversity.  You have to keep fighting, and hopefully you can bounce back and make a few plays.”

With the secondary still struggling at times, Hebert has a different recipe to cook up a better pass defense.  “Right now the best pass coverage for the Saints is a pass rush.  Sheldon Rankins and Marcus Davenport truly looked like first round draft picks.  If somebody had told me before the Vikings game that one team would be sacked four times and the other wouldn’t give up any sacks, I would’ve thought it would’ve been flipped…with the Saints allowing the sacks.”

New Orleans now sits at 6-1 with the second-best record in the NFC.  The team with the best record, the Los Angeles Rams, is the Saints’ next opponent.

“The Saints need to get off to a great start and take advantage of the crowd and the Dome-field advantage.  We have to prove we truly have the #1 run defense and that it’s not just smoke and mirrors, because Todd Gurley’s as good as it gets.  He’s a better version of Alvin Kamara.”

The Saints host the Rams Sunday at 3:25pm.

 

***WHO DAT NATION – next up for the Saints - Sunday when the Black & Gold take on the RAMS at home in the Mercedes Benz Superdome!  Wall to wall Saints coverage startsat 11am!   Join former Saints offensive lineman, Steve Korte and Seth Dunlap for Acadian Windows “FANS FIRST TAKE!”  Time for Saints fans to check in from wherever you’re tailgatin’!  Then, at 1 o’clock - the Bud Light “Countdown to Kickoff” with Bobby Hebert& Kristian Garic live from the dome between Gates A & B by the Saints official Team Pro Shop.  Game time is 3:25pm … with the “Voice of the Saints” Zach Strief, color analyst & Saints all-time leading rusher, Deuce McAllister - and Steve Geller on the sidelines.  After the game – sound off on “THE POINT AFTER” with the Cajun Cannon & K-Dawg...LIVE from Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar…7400 Lakeshore Drive in Lakeview) with till 9pm.  That’s wall-to-wall Saints football Sunday on SAINTSradio---W-W-L—AM-FM-and WWL.com! 

 

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