Observations from the cheap seats: Part 2
There has to be something to the defense that Dennis Allen runs. It must take a certain amount of times in repetition of live action snaps to get it right. We have watched a transformation in this defense over the last three weeks. Against Atlanta, they gave up the deep ball, but they were better up front. Last week in New York, they got more pressure up front. This week we saw the true coming out party for Marcus Davenport. He was simply too fast and powerful for the Redskins. The entire D-line was outstanding Monday night, giving up only 39 rushing yards. Davis and Klein have been solidly improving our LB play as well.
Observed a gentleman wearing a red NFL hat on the sidelines. He walked out onto the field every time there was an injury. Apparently, I’ve just never noticed them, because they’ve been there for years. Maybe this time I noticed because he actually came onto the field. He’s an NFL medical professional. He’s there mainly to work on behalf of the league, in the event there is a critical medical situation that requires something like intubation (opening a person’s airway).
In his return to the Superdome, Adrian Peterson rushed four times for six yards. Caught two passes for another 36. Non-factor.
Had to love Alvin Kamara. Motormouth CB Josh Norman of the Redskins put a nice hit on Kamara. Kamara gets up, smiles at Norman and does a little body shimmy, as to show Norman he hadn’t done anything. Norman’s mouth wrote a check he couldn’t cash, when he blew the coverage on the Tre’Quan Smith TD play that broke the record for Brees. He was benched to open the 2nd half but returned after the Saints scored a touchdown coming out of halftime.
The Saints swapped their 4th quarter prowess of late for a 3rd quarter one Monday. Until Monday night, they’d never scored less than 14 points in the 4th quarter. Monday, they scored 17 in the third instead.