Observations from the cheap seats: Saints drop the Cowboys

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Demario Davis
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The team’s overall play

Over the last three seasons, the Saints defense has performed poorly in the first two weeks. There were signs of life last week against Seattle with the defense playing strong early. But they faltered a bit down the stretch and gave up a ton of yards.

This week they obviously recommitted themselves and played as well as any Saints defense has in some time.

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Our Saints held one of the league’s best rushers to 35 rushing yards. They held a top receiver to only 48 yards. They forced a fumble of a guy who is a 16-year veteran and has only fumbled nine times in his career. There were many superlatives for this Saints defense.

The Saints offense was a bit choppy but overall not terrible. Obviously, we didn’t score in the red zone as we would have liked. All eyes are still on Teddy Bridgewater. He’s still growing into this offense, but we saw more confidence in the pocket and better command of the offense.

Bridgewater was efficient if not prolific. Alvin Kamara was scintillating as usual. Michael Thomas was more involved in the offense. But while we have one of the best punters in the game, we’d love to see him work less.

The overall offense doesn’t look like the offense we’ve come to know over the last 12 seasons with Drew Brees and Sean Payton. It feels like Payton is working through the process of how to best play to Bridgewater’s talents. But as the weeks pass, I think the offense will get tighter.