New Orleans Saints still not ready for Green Bay Packers

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RB Pierre Thomas (#23) rushing against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2008 (Source greenbaypackersticket.com)

While everybody was celebrating the New Orleans Saints 40-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders last night, there are a few things that need to be fixed in order for the Saints to defeat the Green Bay Packers on September 8.

Without sounding completely negative, I think the Saints did quite well…against the Oakland Raiders.  The Raiders are not the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers by any means.  So let’s take this victory with a grain of salt if you will and see it for what it is which is preseason.

The offense did well with QB Drew Brees throwing those familiar bombs that we saw in the 2009 season.  I also noticed he didn’t try to make any “hero throws” and in one play where he was about to get sacked, he simply did the smart move by throwing it towards the ground.

The Saints run game seemed to be back on track with RB Mark Ingram showing us why he was drafted as a first rounder.  RB Joique Bell also was stating his case for a final roster spot looking excellent with rushing and catching the ball.  The only downer is that Bell couldn’t get assigned #21 so we could all recycle our Mike Bell jerseys!

Even the second and third team offense looked good with backup QB Chase Daniels going 9 of 18 on passing attempts for 191 yards.  The only hitch that that I saw was the defensive side of the ball which while wasn’t horrible, was slow to emerge.

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Tags: Aaron Rodgers B.J. Raji Charles Woodson Chase Daniels Clay Matthews Derek Hagan Drew Brees Green Bay Packers Joique Bell Mark Ingram Marques Colston Martez Wilson Mike Bell New England Patriots New Orleans Saints Oakland Raiders Pierre Thomas Pittsburgh Steelers Superbowl XLIV Taiwan Jones Tracy Porter

  • daThRONe

    Seriously Ingram had 7 yards on 6 carries. LOL! How is that showing us why we drafted him he’s averaging under 3 yards a carry. 2 one yard TD’s aren’t promising.

    Why are people talking this dude up?

  • daThRONe

    Seriously Ingram had 7 yards on 6 carries. LOL! How is that showing us why we drafted him he’s averaging under 3 yards a carry. 2 one yard TD’s aren’t promising.

    Why are people talking this dude up?

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @daThRONe I can understand where you are coming from. However, Ingram was brought in to be that goal line short yardage back. Ingram also has potential to catch passes, which he had 2 for 24 yds. Sunday night with one of those being a good run.

    He’s not a crafty back like Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, or Joique Bell who like to make quick cutbacks and run with a slither. Ingram has potential in him and brings a quick burst of speed especially after a reception. Besides, if you are a fan of Sproles or Thomas, they haven’t been too dazzling in the preseason either.

    I’ll admit that I questioned why they drafted him so high at first. Ingram has shown not only that he might possibly be a good running back, but also the ability to want to learn. He is always in Drew Brees ear as well as the other backs. I even saw him chatting up Deuce McAllister on the sidelines trying to pick his brain with Deuce showing him different cuts.

    The one thing I was worried about with Ingram was a sense of entitlement for a first rounder. However, he has shown a good attitude and seems to be very humble. Besides, if we can wait on Reggie Bush for over six years, I think we can give this kid a chance…just not six years.

    Thanks again for reading WDD and giving us feedback. WHO DAT! TWO DAT!

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @daThRONe I can understand where you are coming from. However, Ingram was brought in to be that goal line short yardage back. Ingram also has potential to catch passes, which he had 2 for 24 yds. Sunday night with one of those being a good run.

    He’s not a crafty back like Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, or Joique Bell who like to make quick cutbacks and run with a slither. Ingram has potential in him and brings a quick burst of speed especially after a reception. Besides, if you are a fan of Sproles or Thomas, they haven’t been too dazzling in the preseason either.

    I’ll admit that I questioned why they drafted him so high at first. Ingram has shown not only that he might possibly be a good running back, but also the ability to want to learn. He is always in Drew Brees ear as well as the other backs. I even saw him chatting up Deuce McAllister on the sidelines trying to pick his brain with Deuce showing him different cuts.

    The one thing I was worried about with Ingram was a sense of entitlement for a first rounder. However, he has shown a good attitude and seems to be very humble. Besides, if we can wait on Reggie Bush for over six years, I think we can give this kid a chance…just not six years.

    Thanks again for reading WDD and giving us feedback. WHO DAT! TWO DAT!