Hi all of you!
We are back! The 2021-22 NFL season is on, with the ecstasy of victory and the agony of untimely interceptions. So, let’s take a look at what happened in the Saints game yesterday. But before that…
As always, for our novice and non-Neo-Orleanian readers, welcome!
Let’s start with a few definitions:
donuts (English: / bɛnˈjeɪ /; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally to bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately linked to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily dusted with sugar.
Coffee with milk (/ ˌKæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə- /; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “café au lait”) is a delicious way to start the day in New Orleans.
It’s your “After-Saints-Game” brunch, where we talk about the state of Black and Gold, discuss the news with the team, and talk about the sequel at this point in the season. So, sit back, take a bite and a sip as your brain slowly wakes up, and let’s catch up on some football.
What just happened?
We’ve seen this movie before, haven’t we? The New Orleans Saints as the home favorites, welcoming an injured and winless underdog. A cake walk, right? But then the referee blows his whistle and this is what we see unfold: penalties, poor execution, wasted opportunities and ultimately unfathomable defeat. There you have it, my friends, the art of laying an egg, and the Saints have perfected this craft.
New Orleans were a 7-point favorite over the New York Giants yesterday, a game that marked the team’s return to the Superdome after a month on the road. It was also the first time in nearly two years that the Saints had a full house in the Dome. Leading 21-10 with just seven minutes to go, the Saints had apparently erased the many mistakes they had made in the game. Like a touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills quashed by a hold penalty on tight end Adam Trautman, a missed fourth down on Giants territory, a 58-yard miss that shouldn’t have been attempted, or an interception thrown at James Bradberry by Taysom Hill.
But it wasn’t, not last Sunday. Down 11, the Giants only needed one play to score a 54-yard touchdown with Daniel Jones finding Saquon Barkley on a wheel road with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore caught throwing a glance in the backfield. After a two-point conversion, the score was 21-18 and it was a pedestrian attack for the Saints to see the game end. Despite being nearly three minutes behind the clock, Winston and his company stalled and returned the ball to Daniel Jones. The New Orleans defense, who had absolutely no pressure on Jones the entire game, would survive practice, holding New York to a field goal but allowing the Giants to tie the game at 21 with 31 seconds left. to play. Soon after, the game was heading into extra time.
In overtime, the Saints offensive never saw the ball. The Giants won the toss and continued to dice a defense that had held them to 10 points for about three and a half quarters. In the afternoon, Jones went 28 for 40 with 402 yards and two touchdowns. He has been sacked exactly zero times, emblematic of a defensive issue the Saints must resolve before heading to Washington next Sunday to play for the soccer team.
Donuts and Café au Lait Prize
Fresh donuts, Hot Café au Lait: Alvin Kamara.
When the Saints paid Alvin Kamara, let go of Mark Ingram and later Latavius Murray, they were telling him: we believe in you. They weren’t going to repeat Reggie Bush’s mistake, because New Orleans never really exploited Bush’s ability to run between tackles. While he had never even approached a 1,000-yard rushing season at NOLA, Bush totaled 1,086 rushing yards in his first season with the Dolphins after leaving the Saints after the 2010 season. totaled 986 and 1,006 rushing yards in 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, his highest single-season rushing total with New Orleans was 581 yards.
Back to Kamara: Yesterday against the Giants, the Saints’ 5th year fullback scored 26 times over the rock for 120 yards and a healthy 4.6 yards per carry. He now has 297 rushing yards this year, and has 1,262 rushing yards this season. For a Saints offense that started the season tentatively in the post-Drew Brees era, the No.41 showed up in a draw, and on Sunday he showed once again the Saints were right. to make him a focal point of their offense.
Stale donuts with cold latte: Cameron Jordan
I’m sounding the alarm: the Saints need to do something about their defensive leader, but what exactly? I’m not quite sure. Last season Jordan had 7.5 sacks for the year, his lowest total since 2016. This season Jordan has zero sacks in four games. Is this worrying? Yes it is. And here’s why: In the past, Jordan teamed up on almost every shot and was still produced. These days, Jordan is losing a lot of one-on-one battles and almost looking like a decoy on the D-Line. With Marcus Davenport out and Payton Turner and Tanoh Kpassagnon building their reputation with the Saints, Jordan is still on. an undisputed starter on the Saints’ defensive wing. I’m of the opinion, though, that if he continues to be as ineffective as he is now, the Saints might consider benching him for a younger player and having him play mostly on signals. Father’s Day is coming for all of us, and at 32, Jordan appears to be on the wane, which the Saints will have to come to terms with as soon as possible.
The Saints travel to Washington to face the football team, which beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-30 yesterday in Atlanta. Thanks to Washington, Atlanta remains 1-3 in the NFC South and one game in New Orleans. The football team is now 2-2, and still alive in the NFC East, as the Dallas Cowboys lead at 3-1. Washington has a strong defensive front, led by sophomore passing specialist Chase Young. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Taylor Heinicke is leading the team in the absence of injured Ryan Fitzpatrick and has done quite well.
The Saints have a week off after the game in Washington, and a 3-2 pass would feel a lot better than a 2-3 record and a road game against the Seattle Seahawks just looming. after leave. Are you ready for that roller coaster? Buckle up!
What is the Saints’ biggest weakness in this young season?
Sean Payton is afraid to let go of Jameis Winston.
Absences on line D (Davenport, Onyemata)
CB Paulson Adebo: He’s good, but he has growth to do.
The franchise’s next quarterback is not on the list.
The triple bacon cheddar cheeseburger is beyond reproach.
0 votes in total
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