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New Orleans Saints 27 @ Buffalo Bills 7: This is Getting Good

Just like that the Saints are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC South. Everything is going according to plan.

Pissed off because the Saints didn't continue their offensive dominance and rack up more points like they've done the first two weeks? Don't be. This tough win in Buffalo says more about our team than anything we've seen so far. We needed to see the Saints win a game with their defense. We already know the offense can score at will but in those rare instances when the touchdown machine stalls, a winning team needs a defense to keep them in it. Because it's only a matter of time until the Saints offense smells blood and start putting up points again.

And that's exactly what happened this afternoon. Except this was the bizarro Saints. A Saints team that gets it done by rushing the football and whose high paid defensive ends actually produce. That shuts down Terrell Owens and sees Reggie hit holes. The bizarro Saints are quite the opposite of the usual, high-flying offense Saints we've become accustomed to watching but they're just as good.

So rejoice, Who Dat Nation, for your New Orleans Saints remain unbeaten. And they've proven they can be versatile enough to win in whatever the situation may be. Next week, they find themselves facing off against the other surprisingly hot team in the league, the Jets, in a battle of the undefeated's. Only one team will remain perfect.

Here are the rest of my notes:
  • The defense was dominant. The Bills were 2/14 on 3rd down and punted away nine times.
  • How about Charles Grant and Will Smith? Finally earning a pay check. The question now is whether this play will continue or fade off into the sunset.
  • I think it's safe to say this is probably the most pressure we've seen from this defense in a long time. Exactly what I expected from Williams in his homecoming game.
  • If you think about it, the defense never really gave up any points. The Bills only touchdown came on a special teams fake field goal.
  • The offense got the ball first and started off hot with a touchdown. They have scored on every opening drive this season.
  • Where was Robert Meachem?
  • I think this was the official unleashing of Gregg Williams' defense. Looks nice.
  • Colston had a great game, including that spectacular catch on the first drive when he reached out with his incredibly long arms to grab the ball out of the air.
  • What can I say about Pierre that hasn't been said already. Always liked him, always will. He racked up 126 yards and two touchdowns all in the second half. Do you think Payton planned to use Pierre that much today or did he keep going with him after Pierre looked so good early on?
  • Great to see Reggie hit some holes with authority and not dance behind the line on between the tackle hand offs. But now he seems to have transferred those bad habits to his punt returns. More love/hate for Reggie.
  • T.O. produced a whole lot of nothing today. Some of that can be attributed to good play by Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter and some of it can be attributed to T.O.'s butter fingers.
  • Anthony Hargrove was flagged twice for roughing the passer. The second one was definitely crap and the first one was questionable as well. Not the best homecoming for Hargrove.
  • The offensive line looked awful in the first half. Drew had defenders in his face. They made some great adjustments in the second half, and Drew had noticeably more time. One of those adjustments was the loss of Jermon Bushrod due to an ankle injury, I believe.
  • Malcolm "Motha %$*'n" Jenkins. That's all that needs to be said. Special teams stud.
  • Randall Gay sucks at tackling.

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