Well, I think we could all get used to that. In what was another roller-coaster of a game with plenty of ups and downs along the way, here are a couple that stood out.
Up: Ken Crawley
Getting the start after PJ Williams was benched for disciplinary reasons, Ken Crawley had another strong game. Crawley had a strong game in coverage and came up with a huge interception in the end zone on the Dolphins’ first drive. It would be absolutely shocking if Crawley wound up back on the bench at this point.
Down: Adrian Peterson
Face it, everyone: the Adrian Peterson experiment in New Orleans is not working. Even with the game squarely in hand in the final five minutes against Miami, the Saints used Mark Ingram has the Back to run out the clock. At this point, Peterson is not bringing anything to the table, and it’s time he was either cut loose or traded.
It’s never good to see a starter leave the game to injury, especially in a situation like Alex Anzalone who looked to injure the same shoulder that has plagued him his entire football career in college. But aside from that injury, the Saints linebacking corps looked strong this week, specifically AJ Klein who had a couple key tackles for loss against the Dolphins.
Up: Turnovers (or lack thereof)
With the above-mentioned interception, the Saints defense recorded an interception in back-to-back games, with a total of four interceptions over that span. In that same grain, Drew Brees has been incredibly efficient (and lucky) through the first four games of the season, having not thrown a single interception on the young season thus far. The Saints unsuccessfully went for it on fourth down late in the game yesterday with the outcome already well-determined, and that turnover on downs was their first and only turnover through the season’s first four weeks.
Let’s see how long the Saints can keep this up.