The "Bell" Has Rang For The Saints

Jacob KerrContributor IAugust 23, 2009

HOUSTON - AUGUST 22:  Running back Mike Bell #21 of the New Orleans Saints runs past cornerback Brice McCain #41 of the Houston Texans on August 22, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Saints went into their second preseason game, against the Texans, looking to correct all the problems that occured against the Bengals last week. those problems were turnovers, opponents converting on third down, and the running game.

1. Turnovers

Last week, the Saints turned the ball over twice even though the defense caused three turnovers. This week, the Saints did not turn the ball over and caused three turnovers yet again on the defensive side of the ball. So the first problem is corrected.

2. Opponents converting on third down

Last week, the Saints let the Bengals convert on 50 percent of their third downs. This week was about the same at a lttle less than 50 percent. Gregg williams and the Saints defensive staff needs to correct this problem if they want to keep the defense off the field.

3. Running the ball

Last week, the Saints ran for a total of 86 rushing yards. This week, Mike Bell got 100 yards in the first half complemented with others contributing to the run game. This shows that Sean Payton now has a running back and it also means he has added another weapon to his offense that was ranked first in the NFL a year ago.

Other game notes include Drew Brees going 9 of 14 for 87 yards and a touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas. Rod Harper with a punt return touchdown. Herb Donaldson and P.J. Hill each scoring rushing touchdowns.

It was a good win for the Saints, now they cannot let this win get to their making them think they are the greatest, they need to come out play better because a win like this may cause teams to fall into a false sense of security. Lets hope it does not happen to the Saints.