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Saints: positive takeaways from loss at Minnesota, season as a whole

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Positives from Minnesota

It really was a tale of two halves in Minnesota. The first half was full of bad film. There were two interceptions thrown by Brees, who started the game 1-10. He had seemed immortal a week before against Carolina. The Minnesota backfield was rushing and scoring at will. And there was little-to-no pressure on Case Keenum, giving him plenty of time in the pocket.

The second half brought back the New Orleans Saints we were used to on that 8-game winning streak. Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen stopped dropping Pro-Bowl end Cameron Jordan into coverage, and started letting him attack the quarterback. The pressure put on Keenum led to an early interception for rookie safety Marcus Williams, helping New Orleans climb back into the game.

The 2nd half

Brees was connecting at will, going 18-23 in the half with three touchdowns and zero picks. This Saints offense is a thing of beauty, especially when Brees is able to get the ball to rookie sensation Alvin Kamara and second-year stand out Michael Thomas. He was able to do just that in quarters three and four, pushing New Orleans into “one of the best comebacks you’ll ever see” territory.

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The biggest positive in the loss was how many back ups were able to step up. Manti Te’o filled in for the injured A.J. Klein, as he had done for the last few weeks. He finished the game leading the Saints with 10 combined tackles and had one of the two sacks on Keenum.

Craig Robertson, fantastic veteran, had been filling in for injured rookie Alex Anzalone since Week 6. He had nine total tackles in the game and played great in coverage. Josh Hill hauled in three catches for 54 yards, starting in place for awhile now with Coby Fleener injured. Even Senio Kelemente was able to help protect Brees well all game long as he replaced Andrus Peat.

Seeing players step up and play so well is very promising. It shows the ability of the coaching staff, and the system they implore.

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