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Steve: 5 Takeaways from Saints vs. Packers

Steve Geller
October 23, 2017 - 12:58 pm

1) Winning ugly can be pretty

Things started out real shaky for the Saints in Green Bay. For just the 3rd time in his career, Drew Brees threw 2 interceptions in the 1st quarter. That didn’t derail the team, though. The defense said “I got you Drew” by forcing two 3 and outs, and the Packers came away with no points off their picks.  That was huge for me.  The team has consistently talked about playing complementary football, and it looks like the offense and defense are in-sync.

2) My mad moment

Away games are just as fun as home games for me since I get to watch road match-ups in the WWL sports office with the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. He is usually A LOT more fired up than I am, but I lost it on the Brett Hundley 14 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter. Cornerback Ken Crawley’s weak shoulder bump tackle attempt made me jump out my chair.

I realize Crawley had to be concerned about getting flagged for leveling the quarterback, but you have to make a better play than that. I have to think that will be discussed when the team watches the game footage.

3) What’s best way to prepare crow?

I was not a fan of the Ted Ginn signing due to his history of dropped passes, but he’s been stunning in the Saints offense. There were 2 issues on punt returns; but he caught all 7 of the passes thrown his way for 141 yards, 101 of which came AFTER the catch.

On the season Ginn has just one drop in a Saint uniform; and he has proved to be a valuable asset, especially with Willie Snead missing time due to suspension and injury.

4) Lattimore is LEGIT

Aren’t rookie corners supposed to struggle? That certainly has not been the case for the 11th overall pick, who won Rookie of the Week honors for last week’s outing against the Lions. In this past game in Green Bay, he allowed ZERO catches and had two pass break-ups. Lattimore also came close to picking off his 2nd pass of the season.  His impact on the defense is definitely being felt year 1.

5) AP who?

Okay, so Adrian Peterson went off in his 1st game with Arizona; but what did he do this week?  Anyway, the time share wasn’t big enough in New Orleans for 3 running backs. The Saints new dynamic duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara deserve the touches as they are getting the job done. Ingram was handed the rock 22 times and gained 101 yards with a score against the Pack.

Kamara added 57 yards rushing & 50 receiving. The rookie is a much better north/south rusher than I think anyone expected.


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