Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday (all times Eastern)
3:30pm: Georgia @ 1 Florida
8pm: Tulane @ 9 LSU, 3 Texas @ 14 Oklahoma St., 5 USC @ 10 Oregon
4:15pm: Panthers @ Cardinals, Vikings @ Packers
6:00pm: Hornets @ Celtics
7:30pm: Hornets @ Knicks
8:30pm: Falcons @ Saints
Lots to watch if you feel like locking yourself inside and watching TV all weekend!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
As for Sedrick Ellis and Scott Fujita, both are still out and not practicing. It's safe to assume both Anthony Hargrove and Troy Evans will take their respective places in their starting lineup Monday Night. Ellis is suffering from a knee injury similar to what both Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell had earlier this year, so he could miss a couple weeks. The Saints have been tight lipped on Fujita, who is dealing with a calf ailment.
The good news is that in the wake of this departure, the Saints have made a move of their own re-signing running back Herb Donaldson to take Hill's place on the practice squad. Donaldson was a promising rookie free agent running back this preseason that lost out on a chance to make the team given the crowded number of good players the Saints had/have at the position. Now he'll get his chance to continue to grow in the system and hopefully improve and contribute to the team down the line. Welcome back Herb!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saints 6-0 (3-0 in conference, 0-0 in division)
Falcons 4-2 (3-1 in conference, 1-0 in division)
Panthers 2-4 (2-3 in conference, 1-1 in division)
Buccaneers 0-7 (0-5 in conference, 0-1 in division)
While the Saints are currently in the driver's seat with a two game lead on the Falcons, the 6-0 record is misleading because they've yet to play an NFC South opponent (crucial games to have in winning the division) and half of their wins have come against AFC opponents. While wins are all important, the AFC victories carry slightly less significance because they don't factor in tie breaking scenarios for seeding. The game Monday night is a big one for the standings. If the Saints win, they'll go up 3 games on the Falcons with a tie breaking advantage and 9 games to go. Conversely, they lose and they're only 1 game up with 9 to go, and down in the tie breaking scenario. Most people don't realize how up to the Saints' heels the Falcons have been this season. They haven't been as good or as perfect as the Saints, but they've been pretty close. I think it's safe to assume that the Bucs' season is completely over, and the Saints are fortunate to still have two upcoming games against them. The Panthers are quickly sinking, too, but their personnel and style of play always gives the Saints trouble; so the upcoming 2 games against them are less comforting. As for Atlanta, the upcoming 2 games (including Monday Night) are scary. To assume those two will be anything less than a dogfight would be imprudent. So while the Saints are sitting pretty good, things are far from secured and there's a long way to go. By no means have they established breathing room to separate themselves from Atlanta, but it's something they can fix on Monday.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Will Smith: C (2.56) Smith disrupted the Dolphins' passing attack on occasion with nice pass rushes, but he was quieter than usual. Facing off with emerging superstar Jake Long was no easy task. He finished with just 1 tackle and a tipped pass, but did knock down Chad Henne a couple times.
Charles Grant: C- (2.33) Grant regressed a little from his stellar form of late. Just 1 tackle in the game and he was mostly neutralized on passing downs. He did a good job of holding his ground on running plays, especially against the wildcat, but I didn't see the hustle from him that had become such a pleasant surprise this season.
Bobby McCray: D (2.07) When he played, he literally did nothing. He hasn't had the kind of pressure on passing downs that I hoped he would have. Hopefully he can have a breakout game soon because I know for a fact he is capable of better.
Anthony Hargrove: A- (2.40) Speaking of breakout games, it's sad to say it but the Saints almost benefited from Sedrick Ellis going down to injury. From the second Hargrove stepped into a full time role, he dominated. He registered two sacks, including one where he completely ran over the left guard and pushed his way into Henne. He also dropped Ronnie Brown for a loss on a running play and ended with 4 tackles. With Ellis injured, expect more playing time for Hargrove and hopefully more big plays.
Sedrick Ellis: B- (2.78) Too bad he went down with a sprained knee, he's a big part of what the Saints do defensively. He had 3 tackles and provided good push and pressure up the middle. Hopefully he can come back quickly, his injury does not sound like a season ender but could linger a while.
Remi Ayodele: B- (2.34) Pretty good game from Ayodele. At times he played the wildcat masterfully and at others he was pushed around by the Dolphins' line. He ended with 4 tackles and was present up the middle. The Dolphins did convert twice on 3rd and short, running right at Ayodele with fullback Lousaka Polite.
Scott Shanle: B+ (3.11) Shanle was blown up a couple times by a lead block on running plays and he was manhandled out of position on the 68 yard touchdown run by former Saint Ricky Williams. Other than those plays, he was his usual solid self in run support and pass defense, and tackled as good as always. He finished with 6 tackles, including one in the backfield for a loss. His biggest play was a HUGE fumble recovery before halftime that led to a big touchdown. That fumble recovery was the start of the big momentum shift.
Jonathan Vilma: A (2.95) Vilma was pretty much dominant throughout. He was constantly in the backfield and all over the field making tackles. This was by far Vilma's best game of the season and he ended with 10 tackles (3 for losses). He stopped a run on 3rd in short absorbing a big block and standing his ground before laying a vicious tackle, getting the Saints the ball back when they needed it badly. His tackling ability was stellar all day and he was on point. Great to see him play that way. After that long Ricky Williams touchdown run, you saw very few successful plays by the Dolphins on the ground and that was largely due to Vilma's presence.
Jabari Greer: B+ (3.61) Per usual, he was helpful in run support and very good in pass defense. He jumped a flag route beautifully but let a sure interception go through his hands. 4 tackles and 2 passes defended. Could Greer be inching close to the "lockdown corner" label? Maybe not, but at the least he's VERY good.
Tracy Porter: B+ (3.11) Porter had a couple egregious plays overshadowed by his tremendous plays. He had 9 tackles and was picked on often with mixed results. He defended 3 passes, including a deep ball that was played perfectly and a tipped pass into the hands of Darren Sharper that set up a 42 yard touchdown return. Porter took a horrible angle on Ricky Williams' long touchdown run and he played a slant route poorly that resulted in a 67 yard pass to Brian Hartline. Porter did show impressive aggression on his hits and impressive speed catching up to Hartline at the Saints' 5 yard line. Ultimately his most memorable play was the game sealing 54 yard interception return for a touchdown. The Saints are lucky to have such a good young corner.
Randall Gay: B- (3.09) Randall Gay was victimized on the Dolphins' first third down conversion pass of the game covering Davone Bess. While it was clear on the replay that Bess dropped the pass, the replay booth magically "malfunctioned" during the Saints challenge. Suspect at best. Gay had 3 tackles. Nothing special, no big mistakes.
Roman Harper: B- (3.17) Harper laid some big hits but over-pursued a lot. He didn't play the wildcat perfectly, but he active. He finished with 4 tackles, but misplayed two touchdown runs in close. His grade could have been worse, but he forced the fumble before halftime that Shanle recovered.
Darren Sharper: A- (3.28) Sharper stepped up and made some plays in the running game, and had yet another interception run back for a touchdown. That's 6 interceptions in 6 games, and 3 touchdowns. That guy is incredible, and he's having a Pro Bowl season. He finished with 4 tackles including a terrific open field tackle on Ronnie Brown. The one bad play was a bad angle on the long pass play to Hartline, but overall Sharper was solid.
Troy Evans: C (1.67) Evans filled in for Fujita and was attacked on running plays often. Luckily, Vilma moved well sideline to sideline and helped the Saints defense immensely. Finished with 2 tackles and he was quiet. He seemed a little lost at times in the Saints' complex defense, but didn't have any serious errors.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar: C+ (2.33) Dunbar was subbed in often for Evans in the second half and did some nice things, especially in pass coverage. On Ronnie Brown's pass to Fasano he laid a nice hit to make sure the ball fell incomplete once Fasano bobbled it. He had 2 tackles as well, and I'm thinking he might be a better option than Evans if Fujita needs to miss another game. Ultimately Dunbar didn't play enough or do enough to earn a better grade.
John Carney: B- (2.72) I was really impressed by the 46 yarder that Carney hit early on. It was right down the middle and had some distance. I thought to myself, "he's going to get an A today". He missed from 50 later on just a little wide, but had nice distance on the kick - hard to blame him for that one. He missed an extra point but it was largely Mark Brunell's fault for bobbling the snap. Still, 2 missed extra points in 6 games is inexcusable. The Saints need to get that rectified immediately because it left them up 6 points late in the game and potentially exposed to a loss if the Dolphins had gotten into the end zone. He did bounce back to hit a chip shot that extended the lead to 6.
Thomas Morstead: A- (3.22)
Morstead had a bad punt early that went 35 yards and still got a 14 yard return from Davone Bess. Besides that weak effort he was very solid, including a big 53 yarder from the end zone to get his team out of trouble that was aided by a terrific Courtney Roby tackle. He averaged 45.7 yards per punt on 3 punts, and the Saints yielded 8.7 yards per return on 3 returns. Most importantly he gave the Dolphins no chance at a kickoff return late with 3 straight kickoffs for touchbacks. He did have a kickoff out of bounds, but I'll give him a pass on that since the game was out of reach after the Porter touchdown.
Courtney Roby: B+ (2.67) Roby finally broke a kick return free, returning it 87 yards. While that was a big play that got the Saints right back into the game after going down 7-0, he was caught from behind and he spiked the ball resulting in a 5 yard penalty. Overall his returning the rest of the way was perfectible. The punt coverage play mentioned above where he hit Ted Ginn Jr. for a 2 yard loss following a 53 yard punt was one of the better kick coverage plays of the season.
Defensive Player of the Game: Jonathan Vilma
Special Teams Player of the Game: Thomas Morstead
Monday, October 26, 2009
Drew Brees: B- (3.17) I struggled with this grade. Part of me wanted to give him a worse grade because he turned the ball over 4 times, including 3 interceptions. While the first interception was a terrible throw and a bad mistake, the other two were defensible. The other part of me saw Brees showed grit scoring on 2 touchdown runs, and he should be applauded for talking Sean Payton into going for the touchdown before halftime. From what I remember Brees has NEVER led the Saints to a 4th quarter come from behind win. Check that stat off his list. He made the plays when the game was on the line, and finished 22 of 38 for 298 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles (1 lost), and 2 rushing touchdowns. It was a mix bag, but pressure was in his face constantly. His stature limitation was also evident, leading to a few batted passes at the line of scrimmage. Give him props for a great block on Bush's touchdown run.
Reggie Bush: C (2.22) I struggled with this grade, too. Bush was honestly in line for a D- until he made one of the most athletic and incredible plays I've seen this season. His touchdown leap was an absolute thing of beauty, and it single handedly saves his grade. He also converted a HUGE 3rd down play by shedding a tackle late and tip toeing the sidelines before turning upfield. Those plays came with the game in the balance, so give him credit. His punt returning was once again an atrocity, and his stats were forgettable: 3 carries, 10 yards, 3 catches 16 yards. He had a touchdown and he also fell down for a loss with no defender in sight earlier in the game. He also had a terrible block on a blitz pickup that allowed Brees to get sacked.
Mike Bell: A- (3.42) Bell didn't play in the 1st half, but ripped a monstrous 35 yard gasher on his first carry in the 2nd half. He ran with brutal authority, and continues to have that violence about him that always get extra yards at the end of his carries. He did everything the Saints asked of him and finished with 12 carries for 80 yards. Give him credit for milking some clock as the Saints had the lead late. The only regret was him not scoring on a couple goal line carries inside the 5, but Heath Evans was banged up so he didn't have a true lead blocker.
Pierre Thomas: C+ (3.17) Not Thomas' best game, as he ended with 8 carries for 30 yards. Bell's second half emergence kept Thomas benched for the latter parts of the game. Thomas turned a 3rd and 16 play early into a 14 yard screen pass, just shy of a 1st down. The only reproach I really have was a play he tried to bounce outside that turned into a loss - it was very reminiscent of Bush's trademark screw ups.
Heath Evans: B- (3.11) Evans was blown up for a 5 yard loss on one screen pass, and he made a nice first down play on another 8 yard screen. He had 1 carry for 2 yards to give the Saints breathing room outside of their own end zone. The running game was mediocre early, so hard to give Evans a better grade. Give him credit for Bell's emergence. He left the game with what looked like a sprained ankle. Knowing the kind of guy he is I'm sure he'll be ready to go next week.
Marques Colston: B- (3.06)
If you look at his stats you'd think he must have played pretty well. Colston was the most targeted player ending with 5 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Colston did have a couple drops, though, and he should have hauled in a pass that was stolen away from him at the goal line for an interception. Colston did make some impressive plays downfield, though.
Lance Moore: C- (2.78) Very quiet day for Lance Moore. Almost too quiet. 2 catches for 18 yards.
Devery Henderson: B+ (3.11) Devery was his usual self making plays for the Saints in the passing game. He ended with 4 catches for 71 yards, none bigger than a 37 yarder downfield as the Saints were mounting their improbable comeback. He also showed off his terrific speed taking an end around for 13 yards.
Jeremy Shockey: A- (3.39) Shockey was very quiet for a long stretch in this game, but he made some of the biggest plays when it counted. His most memorable was a 66 yard reception where he broke a tackle, then stiffed armed his way down to about the 10 yard line setting up a touchdown. Brees looked for Shockey often in the 2nd half, and Shockey ended with 4 catches for 105 yards. As always he showed terrific and reliable hands.
David Thomas: D+ (1.92) Poor blocking and poor catching day for the Wendy's founder namesake. A bad game overall for the Saints' backup tight end. The one pass he did haul in was a screen that went for a yard loss.
Jermon Bushrod: C- (2.74) Bushrod gave Brees some time late, and did an effective job run blocking, but otherwise he almost got Brees killed. He gave up 2 sacks to Jason Taylor, allowed Joey Porter to knock Brees down a couple time and overall just didn't pass protect the way he had to this point in the season. The Saints really missed Jammal Brown in this game. He also had a bad false start inside the Saints' 5. He needs to improve if the Saints want to win the ultimate prize. He also missed assignments on blitz pickups.
Zach Strief: C- (2.67) Didn't make a difference run blocking like he normally does.
Carl Nicks: C+ (3.17) Pass blocking was overall pretty suspect for Nicks against Miami. When Brees would step up in the pocket his man would typically get some contact on the Saints' quarterback. He failed to help Bushrod on a couple plays, and he wasn't his usual dominant self run blocking.
Jonathan Goodwin: C (3.06) He's typically terrific at pulling on screen passes and springing them free, but he missed his assignment on screens to both David Thomas and Heath Evans that resulted in lost yardage. A very average performance from the Saints' center.
Jahri Evans: B (3.45) Evans was by far the most solid Saints' offensive lineman on the day. Given how much Brees was hit all day it's hard to give anyone on the line better than a B, but Evans handled his man throughout the game and sprung some nice runs on his side. Bell's longest run was set up by a terrific seal job on Evans' part, and many of the hard nose medium running gains the Saints had were behind big Jahri.
Jon Stinchcomb: B- (2.83) Stinchcomb had at least one penalty that I can remember, and was quite frankly playing a miserable game getting beat on the edge and doing a poor job of run blocking. Then a weird thing happened. He seemed to go down with an injury, but he returned on the next drive and was lights out for the rest of the game. His run blocking was effective, and I never saw pressure again come from his side. He finished out the game very nicely.
Offensive Player of the Game: Jeremy Shockey and Mike Bell (tie)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Please comment below and give me your predictions for the Saints @ Dolphins this weekend. Who wins the game and by what score? Feel free to be more detailed if you like. You must sign in with your gmail accounts to comment.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Saints average just 22.1 yards per kick return this season and just 3.9 yards per punt return this season. By comparison, they yield 26.8 yards per kick return and 12.2 yards per punt return. That's not just losing that phase of the game, that's getting demolished in that phase of the game. All of this and the Saints' closest game all season was a 14 point margin! It goes to show, if you win 2 out of the 3 phases (offense, defense, special teams) each week, you will win the game. The Saints have won on offense and defense EVERY SINGLE WEEK. That said, the Saints have been so good you have to start thinking big picture. Are we going to be satisfied with a 12-4 finish and a playoff run short of the SuperBowl, or are we aiming for the ultimate prize? If the Saints want to go that far, they have to get better on special teams. Sooner or later the offense could have an off day, or the defense could give up a few big plays... Will special teams be able to make a play to balance the "off day"?
So there you have it. I was able to find ONE THING that hasn't been ideal in the Saints' first 5 games. Hey, if they get that corrected they'll start beating people by 40 points? Right?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
We have finally arrived. Today your 4-0 New Orleans Saints host the 5-0 New York Giants at the Superdome for a 12 noon central kickoff (1pm eastern). The Saints have looked dominant and impressive through 4 games, but this will be the real measuring stick. How do they stack up against an elite team? Any doubters the Saints have left can be quieted starting today. Enjoy the game and GEAUX SAINTS!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
In efforts to raise funds for the Brees Dream Foundation, fine art signed by Drew Brees featuring both Brees and characters from the Looney Tunes (Warner Bros.) is available for purchase. The art is named "Catch Dat Brees" and it's a tribute to Brees' 5000 yard passing season which culminated with a completion to tight end Billy Miller. To learn more about the art (pictured) check out: Catch Dat Brees. To learn more about Drew Brees' foundation, visit: DrewBrees.com
The Press Release on the art:
New Orleans, LA and Los Angeles, CA (October 13, 2009) – Catch Dat Brees, a fine art limited edition featuring Drew Brees and the famous Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters, has just been released to commemorate the second time in NFL history that a quarterback has eclipsed the 5,000 yard passing threshold. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a numbered fine art lithograph or hand-painted cel limited edition, both personally signed by Drew Brees, will raise funds for the Brees Dream Foundation.
“I am honored to be the first football player to be featured in a Warner Bros. animated fine art lithograph and cel,” said Drew Brees. “I love this art and I’m excited for my son to see his Dad throwing a pass to Bugs Bunny,” added Drew.
The limited edition has Drew completing the pass to Bugs Bunny for this colorfully captured moment in sports. Notice that Daffy Duck has just finished turning the 50 yard line into the “5000” yard line. “Bugs Bunny is wearing Billy Miller's number since Billy caught the pass that put us over 5,000 yards,” said Drew. “This could not have been accomplished without my teammates, coaches, fans, and of course, the great city of New Orleans.”
“I get to play a fun role in this piece as I’m immortalized as the one and only Bugs Bunny” said Billy Miller. “Catching the pass that put Drew over the 5,000 yards mark means a lot to me and helping him raise funds for the Brees Dream Foundation, our team, and the city really brings it all home,” added Billy.
Catch Dat Brees is the first animated Warner Bros. sports limited edition to feature an athlete in nearly a decade. Drew Brees is the first football player to be featured in a Warner Bros. animated limited edition making him a part of American animation art history. Drew Brees joins the company of sports legends Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, and Derek Jeter.
“I am so proud of Drew and our family is very fortunate to be a part of this great city,” said Brittany Brees. “The Brees Dream Foundation is committed to providing care, education and opportunities for children, and this wonderful project with Warner Bros. is a part of our ongoing efforts in New Orleans.”
Join the tribute to Drew and help raise funds needed for the Brees Dream Foundation for their ongoing efforts in Louisiana. Special introductory pricing is available for a limited time, so visit CatchDatBrees.com to be a part of this limited edition only available for this season.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Another item that could stunt Lance Moore's performance is the the current defensive schemes the Saints are facing. If you watched the Bills and Jets games, you noticed that teams are so scared of the Saints passing on them that they're leaving the door wide open for the Saints to run the ball at will. The theory, I assume, is that Sean Payton is so hard headed that he'll insist on passing even when he's dared to run. So far he's proven the opposition wrong and you've seen Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell run absolutely wild on every team the Saints have faced. This approach in "stopping" the Saints offense has yielded two straight touchdown-less games for Drew Brees, but that's about all the good it's done. It seems as though teams are picking a different poison, but the result on the scoreboard has arguably been better for the Saints. In other words, the feature back for the Saints is as valuable as ever until it becomes trendy to adopt a new scheme when facing the Saints offense (which based on the way the Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas are running the ball could be very soon).
Despite the improvement in Henderson's game and the running game prowess, expect Moore to upgrade his usefulness in the coming weeks. He's still by far the best route runner on the team (Colston could take some major lessons from him), and his hands are as sure as anyone on the team. Moore is a master at finding that dead spot in zone coverages and Brees developed a terrific rapport with him last year. Expect him to get 3-5 touches the next few weeks per game. Depending on what develops beyond that with injuries and how Moore produces, he could start to become the Lance Moore of a year ago - but don't expect that anytime soon. Right now Colston and Henderson are the clear #1 and #2 guys, but the good news for Moore is the Saints rotate their receivers often and he'll see plenty of action. Sean Payton loves the three wide receiver set package, too. Here's to hoping Sir Lance can make the most of his return to the field.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saints Nation: Eli is from New Orleans so he has many local fans. How is he doing in New York? After getting off to a rocky start, has the Super Bowl win gotten the monkey off his back or does he still deal with scrutiny? Has he won over the fans completely?
Big Blue View: There are very few quarterbacks who have played in the NFL who didn't have their detractors, Eli is no exception. Eli will never be the quarterback his brother is, but with the Giants, he'll never have to be. Eli just has to be Eli. In my mind, he is the best in the league in the two minute drill. He's done it time and time again, at home, on the road, in the Super Bowl. His teammates call him "Easy-E" for a good reason, nothing rattles him. I think most fans have embraced Eli, winning a Super Bowl will do that.
SN: How do you feel about the Giants-Saints matchup?
BBV: I'd feel much better about it if it was at Giants Stadium. I know the Giants are a great road team, but you'd still rather play a team with an explosive offense like the Saints in your own house, out in the elements. Guess we'll have to wait for the NFC Championship Game to get the Saints in Jersey. :)
SN: What scares you the most about the Saints?
BBV: That they won back to back games without Brees throwing a TD pass, that tells you how good they are. These are not the Billy Joe Hobert Saints. The other thing that scares me is Jeremy Shockey catching the game winning TD. I still have two gently used number 80 jerseys for sale if anyone is interested, ha ha.
SN: Can you give Saints fans a sense of what to expect from the Giants? Fill us in on maybe something we might not know?
BBV: With the Giants, you can talk about Eli, Jacobs, or the new wideouts, but New York Giants Football is and always will be about the defense. The Giants are going to have to get their pass rush going, try and get to Brees early, and see if they can knock him around a little.
SN: What are your expectations for the Giants this season? Do you think this could be a possible matchup in the NFC Championship game?
BBV: I am forever a Giants optimist, but usually stay away from bold predictions, until this year. I truly feel they are the best team in the NFL, and I think they have to be considered the favorite to win the Super Bowl. I definitely see this as a potential NFC Championship preview.
SN: How does this Giants team compare to the recent Superbowl championship team 2 years ago?
BBV: This team is better. The 2007 team was a very good one, but this team has a better balance of talent, and are deeper at just about every position.
SN: Give us a prediction on the score.
BBV: Oof. This is going to be a fun one. Two very good offenses, two very good defenses. Giants win, but it may take more than 4 quarters to do it. Giants 30-27 in overtime.
Thanks again to the guys at Big Blue View and don't forget to go check out their Giants blog!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
QB: Drew Brees
The Giants will come to New Orleans on Sunday with a perfect 5-0 record, making for a early showdown with major implications. While you might think to yourself "we're 4-0, it's not a huge deal if we lose one here", I beg to differ. If the ultimate goal is the SuperBowl, this is a must for the Saints. It's clear the Giants will be competition down the stretch for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. This would be a crucial tiebreaker to own, unless you guys feel like going through New York in January sounds like a feasible path to glory. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Saints' roster is not built to win games in harsh weather. That's not to say they can't, but they're built to play their best under clear conditions, and so playing at home in the dome when the stakes are at their highest is their best chance to go far. And before you tell me "hey they beat Buffalo and Philly on the road", those games were won in September. I'm not saying that losing this game will cost us the season, and I'm not saying the Saints can't rebound from a subpar performance (should that happen). I am saying this game is crucial for possible playoff seeding down the road, and this would be a major step towards the Saints putting themselves in a favorable position to succeed. There's going to be games the Saints can afford to lose down the road this season, but I believe this is NOT one of them. Should the Saints lose, this will be a hole they'll need to climb out of. Geaux Saints! I've got a little Q&A with a Giants blog going - so check back later for their thoughts on the matchup.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
|NFC South Team||W||L||T||Pct||PF||PA||Net Pts||TD||Home||Road||Div||Pct||Conf|
|New Orleans Saints||4||0||0||1.000||144||66||78||18||2-0||2-0||0-0||.000||2-0|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||4||0||.000||54||107||-53||7||0-2||0-2||0-0||.000||0-3|