After a half of play, the Saints
Here are a few observations from the first half:
With two forced-fumbles and a sack, Kenny Vaccaro looks like he is in mid-season form and barring injury, he'll be an absolute force in the Saints defense.
The Saints were beyond sloppy in the first half, with well over 10 penalties. The team most certainly got a stern talking to from head coach Sean Payton at halftime.
Backup quarterback battle
Most of the first half belonged to Luke McCown, who acquitted himself fairly well, throwing two TDs to tight end Jimmy Graham. However, Ryan Griffin came in with an excellent two-minute drill that culminated in a TD pass to running back Mark Ingram and was highlighted by a bomb to Joe Morgan. Griffin stole some of McCown's show and looks increasingly like he might win the job.
Wide receiver Joe Morgan is alive and well, as he showed he still has that field-stretching speed that could make him a crucial cog in Sean Payton's offense. He needs a few more plays like that to be completely off the bubble.
For the first half at least, the Saints defense didn't play as stoutly as it did against the St Louis Rams last week. Let's remember that it's preseason however and the calls are pretty vanilla.
The Saints defense forced three turnovers in the first half (even though one fumble was overturned). This is a welcome sight for a defense that did not take the ball away nearly enough in 2013.
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