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Saints: Tony Twillie’s observations from the cheap seats, the Lions game

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Observations from the Cheap Seats:

For first half of the game, the Saints absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage. This was a good Detroit team that played the Atlanta Falcons to the wire and lost by 3 to Carolina last week. They have a solid defensive front. The Saints obviously studied film and saw holes they could exploit because they simply ran the ball down their throats.

Terron Armstead

Welcome back Terron Armstead. Going hand in hand with the offense dominating the line of scrimmage, Armstead’s return shored up the line. Alongside Andrus Peat, they were a formidable force on the left side.

Cameron Jordan

Two words – Cameron Jordan. Snubbed, ignored, forgotten by the NFL, we’ve always known his value. But Sunday, Jordan was simply beastly. 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 batted passes and an interception for a TD. On a team that had several standouts – Craig Robertson, Marcus Williams, Vonn Bell,  and Kenny Vaccaro to list a few others – Jordan was the top dog.

Defensive tackles

Also, while Sheldon Rankins seems to be experiencing a bit of sophomore slump, Tyeler Davison and David Onyemata have been a pleasant surprise, turning up the heat on Sunday. They helped hold the Lions to only 66 rushing yards and no rushing TDs.

Matthew Stafford

Lions QB Matthew Stafford was playing through some obvious pain. His ankle injury limited his mobility tremendously, and it showed in the 5 sacks the Saints got. Working exclusively from the shotgun he was pressured all day.

Sean Payton

Sean Payton was absolutely living in the ear of referee Jeff Triplette on Sunday. It looked like laundry day on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome floor, as Triplette and his crew called 20 combined penalties for 164 yards. The length of time for discussions on penalties, coupled with lots of 3 and outs and several injuries took this game near the 4 hour mark. Payton was beside himself and was often seen shouting at Triplette and his crew.

Turnovers

Our first turnover of the season, the Drew Brees to Michael Thomas “interception”, was probably called  incorrectly on the field. But due to how the rulings work, the play had to remain as called. The call was an interception, but the replay showed Thomas with the ball in his possession and down before Darius Slay wrested the ball from Thomas. However, there was not enough in the replay to overturn the ruling. Had the call been a completed pass, that call likely would have stood also, though nothing is certain with this officiating crew.

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