Carolina Panthers 14 @ New Orleans Saints 16: The View from Section 140

You got my overall thoughts on the Saints narrow victory over the Carolina Panthers yesterday. So here are the rest of my notes, observations and photos from attending the game.

  • Jason Kyle was named the honorary team captain for the game and was also responsible for getting the pre-game Who Dat chant started among the Superdome crowd.
  • The defensive starters were announced for this game. Pierson Prioleau got the start at strong safety for Roman Harper.
  • One of the Saintsation's totally ate it and fell flat on her face as she was running to line up in front of the inflatable tunnel for player introductions. Hilarious!
  • Who Dat Nation really needs to start stepping it up on their end. For the most part I thought the crowd was quiet and somewhat disinterested. Only on the very first and very last defensive series' did they truly get loud, causing the Panthers to use their timeouts. Let's wake up, Saints fans!
  • While Drew might be a little off so far this season, his receivers didn't seem to give him much help yesterday. Shockey, Henderson, Moore and Colston all dropped at least one pass that they could/should  have caught. 
  • I've got to say I was pretty pleased with the Saints running game in the absence of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. Ladell Betts looked good (3.6 ypc) and Chris Ivory looked better (5.6 ypc). Of course Ivory's fumble, his second in as many games, is unacceptable. It also seemed like they had trouble picking up short yardage on third down and in the red zone. Either way, I think we should all be a little less concerned about the state of the Saints running game while Reggie and Pierre get healthy.
  • Last week we noted that the Saints defense had trouble getting off the field on third down. This week they did a much better job, allowing Carolina to convert only 33%.
  • If you started Robert Meachem in your fantasy league you're probably still pissed off, waiting for him to finally get you some points. 
  • Did you notice Chase Daniel holding field goals instead of Thomas Morstead? I wonder if that's going to stick.
  • I haven't been a big fan of Patrick Robinson to date but he did make a sweet, touchdown-saving tackle on a Panthers kick return. Nice work. 
  • I think everyone is blaming Malcolm Jenkins for not covering on the Panthers first touchdown but I'm not sure it's all his fault if at all. Jonathan Stewart was split out wide with Jabari Greer and Steve Smith was inside being covered by a linebacker. Greer let Stewart go, keeping his eyes on Steve Smith and Clausen in the backfield. Perhaps Greer was supposed to stay with Stewart. Following the play, Williams and Greer had a chat on the sideline; Jenkins also came over to talk. 
  • This was the first game in which an opponents tight end didn't gash the Saints defense for big yardage all afternoon. So that's good. 
  • Here's another good stat: Saints Time of Possession clocked in at a dominating 38:22. That again speaks to a more efficient offense sans the fumbles.
  • Usama Young may have had one of his best games ever. He stepped up and got the job done when his number was called on a cornerback blitz and his tackle of DeAngelo Williams in the backfield for a loss of four yards on the Panthers final drive was clutch. If only he was a little better in coverage. 
  • Sedrick Ellis was a beast yesterday as well. He had one sack, knocked down two passes at the line and also made a nice run stop on 3rd and 1 to get the defense off the field. He now leads the team in sacks with three. Great to see him really stepping it up. 
  • LSU's marching band - "The Golden Band from Tigerland" - was the afternoon's pre-game and halftime entertainment. During halftime they played Heavy Action (MNF theme song), Poker Face by Lady Gaga and Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk).  
  • Speaking of LSU, it's funny how closely the two football teams currently resemble each other. Both have under-performing offenses. Both have needed their defense to keep them in the game. Yet both have good records and are in pretty good shape in the standings. Both teams almost lost but eventually won their games this weekend by a score of 16-14. 
  • Darren Sharper and Clint Ingram cannot get here soon enough. 
  •  I am so freaking sick of the two NFL commercials featuring the songs Snatch and Grab It and Breakaway. It's bad enough that they're on during each NFL Network commercial break but then I have to listen to them at the games, too. Make it stop! 
  • Would the Saints have won this game with Garrett Hartley?
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    Looking good. 

     

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    Even the ice cream man is a Saints fan.

     

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    It was all about breast cancer awareness yesterday. 

     

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    Somebody flew in via helicopter. Must be Burt Reynolds or something. 

     

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    Check out the fleur-de-lis logo. 

     

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    Pre-game entertainment. 

     

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    Pre-game entertainment.

     

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    Yup...still there. 

     

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    Check out the jersey name. 

     

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    The ladies have pink pom-poms. 

     

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    Check out Payton's pink shoes. 

     

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    Every year it seems like the flames get bigger and higer. 

     

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    The team lined up during introductions.

     

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    The Saintsations lined up. 

     

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    Gumbo taking it easy. 

     

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    Foreground elements. 

     

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    I can't believe he's back. Again. 

     

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    Gregg Williams talking with Greer and Jenkins after giving up the first touchdown. 

     

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    Brees having a chat with a coach. 

     

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    The Golden Band from Tigerland getting ready to perform. 

     

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    Halftime entertainment. Looks a lot like the pre-game entertainment. 

     

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    Pink jackets for the cheerleaders. 

     

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    Who can tell me what's wrong with the scoreboard?

     

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    John Carney in action. 

     

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    Dude is ready for anything thrown his way. 

     

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    Hartley and Carney together. 

     

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    Thomas Morstead trying to get the crowd pumped up for the key 4th down play at the end of the game. 

     

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    Heading home. 

    Here is the roll call and timeline from both of our open threads yesterday afternoon. Thanks to all those who participated.

     

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