Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saints Are Banged Up, Bruised Up

The Arizona Cardinals are a good team, but last week's 10-point victory over the Saints exposed how banged up New Orleans is rather than how awesome the Cards are.

Drew Brees, with a gimpy knee, is struggling mightily without his two starting running backs, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush.
The screen plays that used to go for big gains have been null and void for the past two games.
The deep ball, which used to be a staple of the New Orleans offense, is gone.
Coach Sean Payton doesn't seem to worried about it all, according to a recent interview.
"You know how this league is. It's week by week," Payton said Monday. "Do I think we can play better? Yes. That's the thing that's encouraging; that's the thing that gets you here and started on the next plan and that's the thing that keeps you driven and motivated. We don't have to identify it as anything other than a setback. Any time you lose a game, we feel like it's disappointing, but what's most important is what you do about it."
Marques Colston showed up last week, but for most of the season he's been a nonfactor.
The defense is missing at least three starters, including Tracy Porter and Darren Sharper. Despite this, they are playing decent football, holding the Cards without a touchdown, except for a freaky fumble.
So, what's killing the Saints? Turnovers.
Brees had three of them Sunday. Against the Carolina Panthers they had two of them.
If we fix that, we'll be back on track.

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