Game 4 Rapid Reaction: Dolphins vs. Saints

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Saints 38, Dolphins 17

Defense & Offense Both Dominate, Saints Rise to 4-0

Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to his players on the sidelines during the second half of their game against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to his players on the sidelines during the second half of their game against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

How was that for a Monday Night showing!? I should have stuck closer to my original prediction back when I ranked the Saints 2013 games. I originally closed the gap on my score prediction to 31-23 on my Keys to the Game, and I couldn’t be happier that I was wrong. I felt that the Dolphins would be a handful, but last night just proved to everyone that Monday Night’s are just no fluke when you come to town.

I heard last night on a WWL pre-game radio interview from Keenan Lewis that the mentality of this team going into the game was to play like an 0-3 team. That seems like a pretty good way to sum it up.

The Dolphins deferred the opening kickoff, and the Saints marched 82 yards in just 6 plays to get the game’s opening touchdown. After that, the Saints never trailed at any point in the game. The offense was moving the ball. The defense was responding, and just looked great on the night.

“Oh-and-4 to 4-0, I’d say this feels better,” quarterback Drew Brees said.

Let’s look at a few things from last night’s game.

Quick Box Score Stats

Total First Downs: Miami 19, New Orleans 23

Third Down Efficiency: Arizona (33% – 3/9), New Orleans (43% – 6/13)

Total Net Yards: Miami (331), New Orleans (465)

Sacks: Miami (2), New Orleans (4)

Turnovers: Miami (4), New Orleans (1)

Time of Possession: Arizona (26:11), New Orleans (33:49)

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