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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