Steve: 5 takeaways from Saints vs. Bears

Steve Geller
October 30, 2017 - 3:27 pm

1) No TDs from Brees…no problem!

Another impressive outing for this year’s team as they continue to find ways to WIN. Drew Brees had a mighty fine day, completing 23 of his 28 passes for 299 yards but no touchdowns. Who knew it was even possible for the Saints to get a victory without Brees tossing a TD? The last time that happened was back in 2009, and we all know what happened that year!

2) A little love for the o-line

I guess you could say that offensive lineman are the Rodney Dangerfield of football; they “don’t get no respect.” What the Saints group has been doing this year definitely deserves our praise, though. When Terron Armstead missed time due to injury, the unit never wavered. Captain Zach Strief went down and is still on the mend, no problem. Big free agent acquisition Larry Warford is banged up and could be on the shelf for some time; NO BIG DEAL. It’s amazing that whoever comes in seems to be a good fit and has provided solid pass protection along with opening up rushing lanes.

3) Snead slowly returning

Snead missed the first 3 games due to a suspension and is also dealing with a hamstring issue. The 24 year old returned to the field against the Lions in week 7 and logged one catch for 11 yards, but he was then inactive for the Grann Bay game. Snead was back this Sunday but didn’t register a single reception. In fact, he was just on the field for 4 snaps and wasn’t even targeted. The wide receiver is usually a factor on 3rd down situations, an area the Black & Gold needs help in. Hopefully he’s just getting back into playing shape and can return to his old self soon. I feel the need…the need for Snead.

4) Robertson is rock solid

After losing rookie linebacker Alex Anzalone to a shoulder injury, Craig Robertson was thrust into the Saints starting line-up. You wouldn’t know the Saints were a man down, though as the LB group hasn’t suffered any drop off in play. In fact, I think Robertson is performing better than Anzalone was. He had 2 great tackles for loss against Chicago and is a pretty consistent player who only cares about winning,

5) Kid Kamara & Mighty Marshon are ballin’

The Saints needed some draft picks to make immediate contributions this year; and, so far, you’ve got to say that the 2017 class has been outstanding. Highlighting the group is 3rd round pick Alvin Kamara, who has quickly solidified his role in the offense.

The kid out of Tennessee has racked up over 240 yards through both the ground and air while scoring three touchdowns through his first seven NFL games.

Over on defense, 11th overall pick Marshon Lattimore gets highly graded on a weekly basis and might be in the lead for rookie of the year honors right now. The Ohio State product registered his 2nd career interception to put the final nail in the Bears coffin.

The biggest concern for Lattimore coming out of college were re-occurring issues with his hamstring. Luckily that hasn’t been the case throug 8 weeks in the NFL.

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