The first half wasn’t pretty, particularly on defense. But the Saints pulled away in a big way in the second half to beat the Rams 21 to 49.
It’s the Saints’ second blowout, and it felt good. Even against the Rams.
Like I said, the first half wasn’t pretty defensively. Jared Goff, in his second career game, came out guns blazing. All across the board, whether it was Webb, Moore, Bell, or even Breaux, the Saints secondary struggled in coverage. With the help of a fumble recovered in our redzone, Goff ended the half with 3 TDs. Leave it to the Saints, of course, to give up 21 points to the Rams in one half.
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But that was it for the Rams offense. Dennis Allen’s defense seems to be a second half unit. An interception by Kenny Vacarro led the way in the second half, but really it was an all around solid performance. The coverage tightened up, and the pass rush came into its own.
For what it’s worth, Jared Goff looked just as good as advertised. He missed on a few throws but he clearly has an arm. The touchdown on his first throw, especially, was phenomenal. And despite the poor second half, Goff looked composed throughout the contest.
The star of the show, if it wasn’t obvious from the score, was the offense.
Mark Ingram, especially, played out of his mind. He finished the game with 2 TDs and 146 rushing yards. Brees threw for 310 yards and 4 TDs, and ran one in himself. An all around great performance from what is likely the most dominant offense in the league.
These numbers come against Aaron Donald and a Rams defense that has consistently held teams below 20 points the last few weeks.
Michael Thomas put up his first big statline since his troubled game against the Broncos. He topped 100 yards, and scored twice.
Meanwhile, the Giants and the Falcons both came away with wins. The Saints will need one of those teams, or the Redskins, to start dropping a few if they want a shot at the playoffs.