Game 3 Rapid Reaction: Cardinals vs. Saints

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Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates after recording a sack against Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (not pictured) during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Defense = Complete Change

The Saints allowed 273 net yards of offense, which is the exact amount they allowed in Tampa last week.

After the opening drive of the game, which saw the Cardinals go 80 yards in 11 plays to get their only score of the game, the Saints unit responded. Kenny Vaccaro & Keenan Lewis officially got their first interceptions as Saints. Cam Jordan (twice), Glenn Foster (who had been most inactive/limited this week), and Junior Galette all accounted for sacks of Carson Palmer. Curtis Lofton led all tacklers with 8.

The defense made many adjustments throughout the game, and again, the Saints did not allow a 300 yard passer, 100 rusher, or 100 yard receiver. Palmer finished 18/35 for 187 yards, 2INT, Mendenhall had 9 carries for 29 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald caught 5 balls for 64 yards.

It’s hard to say much else about the defense, and to think how this defense is responding, it’s turning even more heads.

This about sums it up from Scott Fujita:

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  • Mike Drake

    Our next three opponents are undefeated (unless the Bears choke tonight) and two of those games are on the road. The Saints looked really solid today but next week the rubber meets the road!! If we can get a little better protection on the O-line and get back into 30 point mode, the Saints can take any of them!

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

      It will be something to watch for. The sad part is that this isn’t the most brutal part of the schedule. However, to your point, we have a string of tough games ahead.