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Reflections on Saturday’s Win

I worked a couple of Mardi Gras balls this weekend so I admit I didnt get a chance to see the entire Saints game until this morning. And I came away impressed with what I saw. Here’s a few random thoughts on Saturday’s game…

1. Reggie Bush was indeed the MVP of this game on offense. This was Reggie’s most complete game of his career. He got the explosiveness back that he’s been missing all year. If you’ve seen Reggie run all season, you could see he cuts great to the left, but is much slower when he cuts right on that surgically repaired knee. Microfracture surgery requires about a year before the knee is back to where it was pre-injury. With plenty of rest the couple of weeks and careful monitoring throughout the season by Coach Payton and the staff, Reggie has regained the touch. And that’s given the Vikings one more thing to worry about this week.

2. Jeremy Shockey..you were truly missed. Having Shockey back was a huge lift for the offense. As I have written in previous post, he is important to what the Saints do on offense, not just catching passes, but blocking for teammates in the running game and being physical when he has to stay in and protect his quarterback. You have to account for him at all times, which allows for mismatches for his fellow receivers.

3. The Saints are a physical team. Really. When i say the Saints put a hurtin’ on the Cardinals, I mean hurtin’. Did you see Dave Thomas take out three defenders on the play Arizona lost Rodgers-Cromartie? He hit one defender, who knocked down another defender, who ran into Rodgers-Cromartie. The hit on Warner after the INT hurt me watching it.

4. The Saints came to play on defense. Other than that first play of the game it was stellar. Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter did a wonderful job shutting down those big Cardinals receivers. Sedrick Ellis was able to get some great pass rushes on healthy knees. Bobby McCray was an X-factor. If this unit continues to play like this, we’re unstoppable.


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