The one thing that suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton preached in his time there is that going into a bye week means starting it on a positive note.
Not only did the team gain a much needed win to reach a 1-4 mark on the season, they will now head into their bye week with a boost of confidence as well as try to heal up and get ready for an away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 21st.
Starting contributors like wide receiver Lance Moore and linebacker David Hawthorne both sat out practice all last week with a hamstring injury and were inactive for the game last night.
Also ailing was running back Travaris Cadet(shoulder), linebacker Jonathan Casillas(neck), and defensive end Turk McBride who has been out for over two solid weeks with an ankle injury that bothered him last season as well.
The spark provided by a performance where both the offense and defense finally came together should be encouraging as the Saints begin to prepare for the rest of the season.
However, the Saints will need to work on the run game on both sides of the ball as the offense still hasn’t established a good running game and the defense was once again gashed for big plays on the ground.
Still the team should be able to rally around the idea that has been preached for the past several weeks which is that the Saints are “close.” Now they will just need to get “closer” to progress with the season and keep the wins coming.