Steve: 5 Takeaways from Saints vs. Lions

Steve Geller
October 16, 2017 - 12:58 pm

1.  This is not the S.O.S 

What I mean by saying not your "Same Ole Saints" is that instead of finding a way to lose the game against the Lions, they pulled out the victory. Sure, it was a lot closer than it should have been; but in the past 3 seasons, we've seen the team fall apart and not be able to pull it together.  A win is a win, right?  And I think winning ugly can help add character and confidence. 

2.  Welcome back, Terron Armstead 

I wasn't sure how much of an impact he would make in his first game back from shoulder surgery, but it was quite evident how much the o-line missed their starting left tackle. No sacks were surrendered, and the running lanes for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were wider.  Armstead is easily one of the top 5 players on this team. 

3. Fleener forgotten 

The high priced tight end didn't record a catch in the win against the Lions and was targeted just once on the day.  He was also on the field for just 18 snaps, probably because Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui are better blockers and the run game was working well.  I guess I was still expecting more from Fleener in his 2nd season in New Orleans, but he still doesn't seem to be fitting in.

4. Cam Jordan is a manimal  

Jordan was all over the place against the Lions, and Detroit could not contain him. He made mincemeat of their offensive line with 2 sacks and 7 QB hurries.  

Jordan also made the backbreaking play to seal the victory by tipping a Matthew Stafford pass up into the air, then coming down with it in the endzone for his first career score. He hasn't gotten much national respect since he has played on some poor defenses; but with things starting to change around here, I bet Jordan gets recognized as one of the best defensive endss in the league this year. 

5. NFC up for grabs 

Week 6 was grand as the Panthers lost, the Bucs lost, and the Falcons lost after blowing another double-digit lead. No one is running away with things in the division this year. Carolina still leads at 4-2, but the Saints have already beaten them once. Atlanta and N.O. are both 3-2 while Tampa trails the pack at 2-3.  The arrow is definitely pointed up for the Black & Gold.  Let's see if they can ride it all the way to the top.

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