Another Sunday survived by a heart attack driven game. This was a very huge game where we faced a desperate 0-1 team fighting to avoid an 0-2 start. Very fortunately we're sitting at 2-0 with a 2 game lead over the NFC South. And I will be quite honest, Tampa Bay has a very talented tough defense who manhandled our offensive line the majority of the game. If Tampa had a head coach who was disciplined and not named Greg Schiano, I'm pretty convinced they would be sitting at 2-0 right now leading the division. But instead, we are.
These past two weeks, our wins have not been pretty, which is very unusual for our high powered offense. It's pretty identical to 2010 when we started 2-0 with two ugly wins. And we all know what happened the rest of that season. So here's to hoping we can avoid that happening this season. During the 09 and 11 season, the Saints were 6th in rushing and 1st all around on offense along with an outstanding o'line. In 2010 the Saints were 28th in rushing. Brees struggled that year by throwing 22 int's, more so than 2012 last season.
I'm very concerned about our offense. Our o'line does not look the same, Brees looks rattled and getting hit ALOT more often, our receivers aren't getting open as we're used to seeing in past years, and in two games, Brees has thrown 3 int's. What worries me is the Saints face a lot of good defenses this season. The 9ers, Hawks,Jets and don't forget, the Rams and Cards are no slouches.
Another similarity to 2010...Red zone woes and short yardage have been kryptonite this season. We were minus 23 yards at one point in the red zone today. They've got to clean that up asap. We're used to scoring TD's.
Bottom line? Ingram is terrible. I would start using PT or even K Robinson. The O'line must improve, and so does the running game. We have a tough schedule, they must protect Brees.
Happy to be at 2-0, but not satisfied. Hats off to Rob Ryan and our improved defense for playing their hearts out today. And hats off to Brees staying cool and finishing the drive where it counted. Let's focus on the Cards at home next Sunday and get to 3-0!