Saints 16 Bucs 14
For Saints fans the main thing to remember is that a win is a win. This one would fall under the “ugly” category, but at the end of the season it’s still in the win column. For the second straight week the much maligned defense from a year ago with new DC Ryan is the main reason that the Saints came out on top.
To be sure, there was from help from Tampa Bay who committed several uncalled for personal foul penalties. But the Saints defense with all of the line injuries coming into the game, managed to come up big when they needed it the most.
What went right:
On offense a clutch performance by Graham kept the Saints going in the first half, Tampa made adjustments and slowed Graham down in the second half. But on the final drive, Graham came up with a big catch for 15 yards. Colston also came up big when the Saints needed it the most, making a great catch on the final drive that set up the game winning field goal.
As mentioned earlier, the defense was huge. Holding Tampa to 7 points and repeatedly stopping Tampa drives. They were able to come up big when we needed it and anytime you can hold a NFL offense to 7 points, you can go home knowing that you did your job.
This week and last week Ryan has gotten more out of the defense than anyone could have expected. Especially this week with several defense linemen out with injuries the results were even more remarkable than the job that was done against Atlanta.
What could have been better:
Whenever you win it is hard to say that something went wrong. Tampa Bay has a strong aggressive defensive unit, but the Saints offense has struggled in their first two weeks of the season. It’s not the smooth running machine that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the years. You can tell all of the parts are there but after the first two weeks of the season there is still work to be done.
The pass/run ratio was pretty good in week one. But regardless of what the television announcers said, the pass/run ration for today’s game was more than 2 -1 pass to run (46 pass plays to 20 running plays). Part of the reason might be the inconsistency of running game, whatever the issue is with the running game needs to be addressed quickly.
To be honest the pass protection wasn’t much better, Brees was sacked 4 times and under a tremendous amount of pressure for most of the game.
In the End:
At the end of the day the Saints made the plays on offense and defense that they needed to in order to get the win and go 2-0 for the season. Sometimes you can’t ask for more than that.
Let me know what you think.
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Bill Stephens|Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab