SAINTS-EAGLES GOOD, BAD AND UGLY
Saints serve up another 40-burger combo meal in blowout win
Saints train continues with a 48-7 win against the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. This game was a laugher since the first quarter. Here’s how I saw it play out:
-The Saints offense scored 17 points on its first three possessions. They lead the Eagles in total yards 190 to 15 after the first quarter. The Saints offense reminds me of Forrest Gump when he decides to start running.
-With all the attention paid to Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram is sometimes not as looked at as a weapon in this offense. He totaled 103 rushing yards and two touchdowns. People tend to forget Ingram was a 1,000 yard rusher before the Saints drafted Kamara.
- Seven different Saints caught passes from Drew Brees against the Eagles. But rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith had his breakout game today with 157 yards on 10 catches and a touchdown. Drew Brees has shown he can go to anybody in a Saints jersey and make them a star. Smith reminds me lot of All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas.
-Every so often, the Saints will have a brain fart on offense. It happened in the second quarter after an eight yard gain on first down. They got called for a delay of game which made it 2nd & 7. Stuff like this can be a problem when it comes playoff time.
-Eagles rookie running back Josh Adams ran for 53 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Had he not gotten banged up, and the Eagles been able to stop the Saints, he likely would’ve gone for 100 plus yards on the league’s best run defense.
-Eagles fans were too loud in the Superdome for my liking following Corey Clements’ kick return after the Saints field goal early in first quarter. This was my mood watching and hearing that.
-The penalty against Eagles safety Corey Moore on Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith seconds before halftime was another example of over-refereeing. Graham went in for a hit as Smith caught a touchdown pass. When Smith crouched after the catch, it appeared as if Graham hit him in the head. Defenseless receiver penalty because of slight accidental contact to the head should ALWAYS be reviewed! It’s football dammit!
-Eagles starting center Jason Kelce went down with an elbow injury in the first quarter. His absence showed on a sack by Sheldon Rankins and a bad snap that led to an incompletion on a third down. Hate to see an All-Pro go down.
-The Saints ended the game with a couple subs on their offensive line. While it may have just been to give guys rest ahead of their Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Falcons, it is concerning; especially given the fact that they have had starters along the line out at one point or another.
When the season started, this was a game that could’ve tested either team’s stake to the claim of NFC supremacy. Instead, it ended up being yet another 40 burger this Saints has served up this year, their sixth such game this season. When their defense plays this well, the run game is on smash mode, Brees will always do his thing, this team is hard to stop. Not ready to call them NFC favorites to reach the Super Bowl yet, but they’re getting close to me saying so.