Let me start this off by saying I am glad that the Saints have cut cornerback Jason David, and I believe that many Saint fans are as well.
Friday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, it seemed like the defense shined the whole night. The defense caused three turnovers, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery. The only player on the defensive side of the ball that made me shake my head had to be David, allowing the only Bengals touchdown of the night.
Now, although I am glad the defense was playing better, I feel that the Saints rushing attack is in no way better than it was last year. The Saints offense seemed to be off-balance and not able to move the ball—until they decided to air it out.
The Saints then scored the first points of the game with Drew Brees throwing it up for a 22-yard touchdown grab by tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Although I would love to discuss how happy I was with the Saints defense and Drew Brees lighting it up, I have to move onto my next concern, which is the next task for the Saints. Next Saturday against the Houston Texans, the Saints play one of the best offenses in the league. This will be a tough challenge for the Saints defense.
The Houston Texans ranked third in the NFL in total offense in 2008, despite being without their starting quarterback for five games. Houston's offense can either run it down your throat, or air it out and blow up just about any secondary in the NFL. Their offense is full of big names like Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, and Owen Daniels, and will be a tough challenge for the Saints defense.
Truthfully, though, I believe that if the Saints can get pass rush coming into next week's game, they could possibly shut down the Texans' high powered offense.
The Texans' offensive line is not one of the greatest, so consistent blitz could bring pressure to force Matt Schaub to throw his first interception in completion of the preseason.
If the Saints' first unit can find a way to shut down the Houston Texans' offense then this won't be just "hype" as everyone would like to say about the Saints' defense coming into the 2009 season; it will be the truth.
I would love to feel completely confident in my defense coming into the 2009 season and want to know they can create turnovers and shut down opposing offenses. This will make me believe that there is a championship right around the corner.