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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

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