The secondary proved worthwhile
Like Murray, over the course of last season, we spent countless times talking about how bad the secondary was with Eli Apple as the team’s No. 2 cornerback.
The team was giving up long passes left and right (it was especially clear as early as Week 1 last season) and wasn’t making open-field tackles to close plays. It was brutal to watch as even Lattimore didn’t have an overly great season.
Janoris Jenkins picked off Tom Brady right before the end of the first half and ended up returning it to the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown. Marcus Williams got on the board in the second half with his own interception.
On top of that, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson led the defense in tackles with 10 (nine of them being solo). They also batted down five passes. Overall, it was a very impressive first game from a secondary that kept most of its players from last season.
Let’s just hope they have a few less pass interference calls in Week 2.
The black and gold look to carry this momentum in Week 2 into Las Vegas when they play the Raiders next week in Nevada. They play the prime-time Monday night game on ESPN. New Orleans undefeated season has commenced.