The Biggest Negative
The biggest negative of the game was the injuries.
We went into the game without Jameis Winston who tested positive for COVID, so we couldn’t use Taysom Hill as much as normal. We also were without Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, and Michael Thomas from the receiving corps.
So the only starters available before the game were Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders. Then, during the game, Smith was injured, leaving the Saints to play with four wide receivers, including Tommylee Lewis who was re-signed because of our injuries at the returner position, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who was on the practice squad until this week.
We also were without Nick Easton and Malcom Brown who are strong rotational players on our team. As the game went along we watched players drop like flies. Some returned, others did not.
Andrus Peat, Smith, Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Williams all missed at least some snaps with injuries. These are exceedingly tough when you are also faced with a short week, playing a team that you have struggled with mightily over the last three seasons.
Add to that Brees playing obviously injured, several Saints dropping passes, and the already mentioned defensive issues with the run, and you have the recipe for a tough day.
AND YET (this is where the good part starts)