New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter was back with the team one day after being carted off the field with a neck injury following a scary collision.
At the halfway point of the New Orleans Saints’ season, what can we say about the character of the defense? Performances have ranged from dominant to impotent, sometimes within the same game.
Archie wasn’t an Olympic sprinter out of Ole Miss, but his ability to deke and dodge and scramble served him well with the sadsack Saints of New Orleans, where the quarterback’s job description read like this: When in doubt, run for your NFL life.
The Saints rank No. 2 in the NFL in total offense (No. 9 rushing and No. 2 passing). The Carolina Panthers are fifth in the league (No. 8 rushing and No. 5 passing). Atlanta is No. 14 overall (tied for No. 12 in rushing and No. 17 passing). Tampa Bay is No. 15 overall (No. 24 rushing and No. 11 passing).
This is not a rivalry of ineptitude any longer. After decades of only brief moments of success, the Falcons and Saints have turned around their collective fortunes over the past three-plus seasons. Each has become a consistent playoff contender, the Saints with a Super Bowl title.