I don’t think we have too much to worry about. Looks like the front office has finally woken up and (knocking on wood), we may get our first whispers of good news about the Saints in what feels like an eternity. Fortunately, this is the one time where Colston’s underrated-ness works out to our favor. I guarantee you, Sean and Mickey know full well how vital Colston is to the future of this team.
I’ll admit…not the best start to my day. Lazy waking up, tired on the drive in to work, my strawberry Greek yogurt tasted like ass, not to mention I have a crapload to get done today, but nothing I haven’t overcome before. Breakfast was leftover bacon cheese fries, so it was kind of like a…
Those are some god awful uniforms. But contrats to our boys though.
Please figure out a way to keep spammers off of tags. I’m tired of people trying to sell me second hand NFL gear on the #neworleanssaints tag (also #saints and #nfl and countless others I don’t frequent). This is an issue that needs to be resolved.
1. I’m ditching the regular format in honor of a record breaking performance. So here are 62 things we watched for.
2. Let’s start with the things we actually noted before the game. To completely undersell the point: defense stepped up in a huge way. Painter was averaging a Quarterback Rating of 93 and the Saints held him to a 38.1 until he got pulled by Jim Caldwell. Not benched for poor performance. Just pulled. Because the game was that ugly.
3. Despite playing for an 0-7 team, Painter hasn’t been atrocious this season as a stand-in for the Colts, so I feel like the utter dominance of the defense shouldn’t be simply shrugged off.
4. Turnovers! Three of them. Hopefully the defense studies the game tape and remembers that it used to be really good at forcing turnovers.
8. Can you believe that I’ve gotten this far without mentioning Drew Brees yet? Me either. I don’t want to brag (lie), but in my pregame post I said that the team goes as Drew goes. And, well. I think the results speak for themselves.
Bradley: Hell. The Falcons are going to beat the Lions.
Ryan: Bullshit. One week doesn’t change the identity of either team. Atlanta got lucky and Detroit proved they aren’t ready to be in the top 5-10 teams in this league. That’s all. I still think they come out swinging and there’s no way Atlanta’s defense (27th against the pass and 21st in QB rating [88.5]) stops Matt Stafford in Megatron. Not only do the Lions win, but I think they win by 10+ points. Easy.
Bradley: Ah, but the team identities haven’t changed. That’s entirely the point. San Francisco just showed us all exactly how to beat Detroit, and the problem is the Falcons are exactly what the 49ers are, only, on offense, more. What do I mean, you ask? Well, the Lions have an aggressive but big-play-prone secondary, and a defensive line built around quickness and rushing the passer. You know how you beat the latter? By running. Right. At. Them. The 49ers let Suh rush into the backfield and then just ran right by him. The Falcons, with Turner, will do exactly the same thing. And you know how you make a big-play-prone secondary give up big plays? With playaction. You know the only thing Matt Ryan is good at as a passer? Making easy passes off playaction.
This game is already over. The Falcons have already won. By Sunday night we could be one Panic Square! away from being tied with the bastards for second place.
After something of a forgettable yet solid win in Jacksonville, the conventional narrative would seem to say that a more formidable challenge will present itself in Charlotte. That’s because we’ve got to face half of last year’s Auburn mythical national championship team (the other half is in Detroit):
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Rapidly developing into one of pro football’s most exuberant and lethal receivers, the second-year New Orleans Saints tight end waits for his teammates — or perhaps ESPN’s Chris Berman — to bestow upon him an unforgettable moniker.
“The Graham Reaper”…
True story. I love this kid.
I, like you*, watch what some might call an unhealthy amount of football. Only a few short months ago, the NFL lockout loomed over our daily lives like a storm cloud permanently located overhead. And then, out of the darkness, a deal was struck and football was saved!
* Assuming you watch football, and if you don’t watch football, why are you reading this blog? Oh I know, it’s because you went to Google looking for some Lost-themed content and were brought to my FantasyPreview column (no seriously, I’m shocked how much accidental traffic we get from that post, but I digress).
Count me among the number that fined solace in the rather meaningless whims of football analysts. Every week, football experts from seemingly every notable outlet release their version of the power rankings. ESPN, FoxSports, CBS, NFL.com, Sports Illustrated, etc. all have their version and they’re usually pretty similar (barring a variation of roughly ±1.5 positions).
Regardless, I refresh my ESPN tab approximately every 93 seconds starting at roughly 11 am until I’m rewarded for my diligence (which is a far more valuable skill than patience). But for you, our faithful readers, we’re going to start aggregating these power rankings and see if we can make sense out of all the noise.
We’ll also include any noteworthy article, column, stat, etc. to brighten up the otherwise drab recitation (you can think of it like a plant on a barren desk). Today, I’ll start with the ESPN Power Rankings because that’s what inspired this column and where I discovered my favorite statistical tidbit of the week.