After 10 weeks, the New Orleans Saints continue to make their mark in the franchise history by improving to 9-0 after a 28-23 victory over the 1-8 St. Louis Rams. Many, almost including myself, feel there are a few things that tend to cause havoc and panic. I'm here, though, to tell you it's okay and make a few huge key points.
The Saints offense and defense both appear to be getting sloppy. Which is always bad. In the past four games, you have had every running back gain 150+ yards and your all-star QB has thrown 7 interceptions and 6 touchdowns. Of course, those running backs were; Turner, Williams, and Jackson. Not only that but with an injury to Tracy Porter Sunday, the Saints have three guys in the secondary out (Greer and Sharper are the other two). As of now, Porter's injury is unknown but it does appear to be very serious and could be out for a while. Sharper's knee injury is still unknown for next week but it looks positive, and Greer's groin injury appears to have the same status.
Back to Porter though. Who will fill his slot? Will it be Gay because I think he doesn't play well. Gay was on the single coverage both times Marc Bulger threw a touchdown this past Sunday. He can't stick a guy and I think Malcolm Jenkins should be the new corner. I mean everyone saw how good Bulger did. What happens when that's Tom Brady in two weeks? Hopefully, we will at least have Greer and Sharper so there' no room to panic there. The bottom line is, the Rams had a fun day on a beaten up defense. Trust me no room to panic unless Grant, Smith, Vilma, Sharper, Greer, Fujita, Jenkins, Harper, and Shanle face career ending injuries. Plus how can you panic when you have a defense scoring more than the Browns offense? (Crazy to think how many stars are on this defense, huh?)
On the other side of the ball, you have to love the fact that they are top five in the four major categories. First in points per game, first in yards, per game, fourth in pass yards per game, and fifth in rush yards per game. That's great, their the only team in the nfl that has that stat, but what's up with Brees? OK shoot me for saying that but he's been off. The past three weeks he has thrown at least two incterceptions. Drew has nine picks! That stat is unheard of. Keep giving the ball away and you won't win the big games against the big teams.
So there is there really room to panic? Obviously not. Maybe I shouldn't of even published an article, but there were too many people worried about the close game with the 1-8 Rams. The truth is there should be no worry. The Black & Gold are undefeated and everyone is going to want to beat the undefeated team. When you are 9-0, it is every teams dream to beat you. Not to mention the Saints defense. I mean four of your big players gone! What do you expect? We gotta bunch of rookies and idiots running around. Drew's going to be off once in a while but it's not a big deal when your rushing attack can fix your errors with 202 yards. So is there room to panic? No. Well at least not yet.