Game 2 Rapid Reaction: Saints vs. Bucs

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Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) intercepts the ball during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints Defense Holds Strong

We’re starting to see more and more drink the kool-aid surrounding this unit. Cam Jordan played a huge presence on the day, as he had a combined 5 tackles, forced fumble, and a sack. Also, Malcolm Jenkins made as pretty of interception as they come. Respect the bow tie.

Doug Martin did manage to have a strong showing, as he rushed 29 times for 144 yards. Josh Freeman, and Vincent Jackson were held in check (yes 5-77 is holding Vincent Jackson in check). We avoided disaster with Jackson, as he caught a 73 bomb in the 3rd quarter for a touchdown, but it was nullified by illegal formation from the Bucs.

Here’s the Bucs drives from yesterday:

PUNT, TOUCHDOWN, PUNT, PUNT, PUNT, END OF HALF, FUMBLE, INTERCEPTION, PUNT, PUNT, MISSED FIELD GOAL

Again, this unit doesn’t have to be a top 10 unit to win games, but with everything that happened yesterday, the defensive unit got the job done. Curtis Lofton & David Hawthorne are playing great in the middle, as they combined for 14 tackles yesterday. Jabari Greer & Roman Harper, who were both listed on the injury report this week, contributed in a tremendous way on the day.

The most encouraging part remains that this unit continues to produces, despite the youth/lack of experience.

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  • Mike Drake

    Its odd to see the defense out-performing the offense. I can’t help but be a little concerned though. The Saints are averaging 1 defensive player per half of football being helped off of the field with an injury (not to mention all of the training cap injuries.) How long can we maintain a quality defense with this happening?

    • http://whodatdish.com/author/Hispandrix/ John Hendrix

      Well Mike, the good news is that these younger players are responding. I think it speaks a lot to Rob Ryan. We definitely can’t afford to lose any other players on defense, but at least the guys we have brought in behind the players (Haralson, Richardson, Carr) are seasoned & are ready.

  • F Allain

    As you said a win is a win. There are no extra points for winning by 5 TD’s or by 1 point. The win goes to the team with the most points at the end of the game.

    • http://whodatdish.com/author/Hispandrix/ John Hendrix

      Yes sir. It’s ugly, but we’ll take it. I mean think about the Falcons last season. How many of their games did they win in the last minute that they shouldn’t have?

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