New Orleans Saints 25 @ San Francisco 49ers 22: The Morning After

It seems ridiculous to think that some of us could be so upset about a Saints win. But the disappointing performances of both the offense and defense combined with the possibility of losing Reggie Bush for a significant amount of time has left a bad taste in my mouth the following morning. It's simple, really:

I'm developing a love/hate relationship with the Saints defense. I love that they are always able to seemingly will turnovers (read: takeaways) to happen when they need them most. I hate that they really need those turnovers so badly in the first place because they can't get any pressure on the quarterback or stop from getting gashed by running plays and screen passes. That's all there is to it. Let's all just accept that fact and pray the turnovers don't ever dry up.

That being said, this game could have been completely different if the Saints offense was able to just capitalize on those turnovers and the good field position they usually offer. I can't believe that one my biggest concerns for this team is actually the offense but they just can't seem to put up points like they did early last season. The running game isn't what we'd like to see and the usually adept passing game still can't seem to find their mojo. 

Of course a win, is a win, is a win so I suppose I should quit my whining. It's good to know that the Saints still have the intestinal and emotional fortitude to win games like this. That's what great teams do. For that, I am grateful.

There's really not much more to it than that. I think that's about as accurate and succinct a way as anyone can put it. Make the jump for just a few more random notes and talking points. Then discuss. 

  • I would definitely be expecting the Saints to bring in another running back this week to offset the loss of Reggie Bush last night. Probably Ladell Betts. Chris Ivory can't get healthy soon enough. 
  • The 49ers offensive line did a great job of keeping Alex Smith clean while at the same time opening up plenty of lanes for Frank Gore to run through. Especially good considering how young and inexperienced many of the players are. On the flip side, the Saints defensive line looked weak. 
  • The Saints also lost the battle in the trenches on the other side of the ball. Their offensive line didn't do a great job opening running lanes and gave up two sacks of Drew Brees. Not what I expected from our usually rock solid front five. 
  • Here is a more positive stat for the Saints offense to be excited about: Zero turnovers.  
  • Courtney Roby puts the "special" in special teams. Recovering a muffed punt like he did last night doesn't just happen. Roby was fast enough and smart enough to be in that returners face and right there to jump on the ball as soon as it fell through his hands. That's just heads-up football right there. 
  • I think we can all put any Garrett Hartley concerns to rest. 
  • Roman "Stone Hands" Harper actually came up with an interception last night off a tipped ball. I'm shocked! In all seriousness though, Harper had a great game. He seems to be playing very well this season, perhaps his best ever. 
  • Marvin Mitchell made a nice pass breakup in the fourth quarter.  
  • Definitely saw flashes of pre-season with some of the weak tackling the Saints defensive players were making, or rather, not making. Scott Shanle whiffed on at least one; Randall Gay looked ridiculous getting carried by a 49er receiver. 
  • Frank Gore freaking killed me in my official CSC fantasy football game against Jeremy Sherwin. I was up by about 24 points going into Monday night's game but Gore's two TDs and 168 yards were too much for me to hold on.   

Here is your open thread roll call from last night. Thanks to every who was here and participated. 

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