Saints vs Cardinals: Report Card

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Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) in the first quarter of their game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Defense: 95 A

I think this defense is trending up. They seem to get better every week. The two interceptions, one by first round pick Kenny Vaccaro and the other by the Saints big free agent pickup Keenan Lewis, shows the league that they meant business when they said they wanted to fix the secondary. The Saints didn’t always have consistent pressure but allowing only 187 passing yards, 86 rushing yards, and one touchdown is a great defensive outing.

Junior Galette has been doing great but I feel that in this game he really got some great pressure on Carson Palmer. Cameron Jordan, though, came away with two sacks to Galette’s one. It was nice to see Glenn Foster back on the field. It was even better that he helped create another sack. Finally, holding Larry Fitzgerald to five catches for 64 yards and Michael Floyd to 4 catches for 49 yards is certainly something to look at. Palmer did a great job of spreading the ball, but minimizing the impact of the offense’s two best players was a great job by the Saints defense.

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