Thursday night’s opening game against the Packers showed you one glaring weakness in the Saints. Tackling. Period. The Saints defense looked slow and old in the secondary. They allowed SB MVP Aaron Rodgers to throw for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he made it look easy. If the Saints want to make a run back to the SB a year removed from their win, they need to regain the larcenous form of D from the 09 season.
As far as Drew Brees’ offense, the team moved the ball as well as ever. Brees threw for 419 and 3 TDs in a stellar effort. Rookie Mark Ingram rushed 13 times for 40 yards, which is a big reason why the Packers could score so many points as well. The Saints were outrushed 103 to 81. Even after all the defensive miscues, New Orleans had a shot to win in the waning seconds. With time expiring, Brees threw a pass into the endzone and his reciever was interfered with. That set up one play from the 1 yard line, but Mark Ingram couldn’t get through the line and give the Saints a chance to tie. I give the Saints a C for the game overall, an A on offense and a F on defense. Gregg Williams needs to step up the pressure and bring more blitzes against high flying offenses. New Orleans has the Bears in Week 2 and will need to improve upon their effort, or risk going 0-2.
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