4-2 never felt so good. 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: Second-Half Adjustments
In a game reminiscent of the Saints match-up against the Miami Dolphins in London, the Saints offense struggled in the first half and then came out in the second half to make all of the necessary plays. It is a credit to the players and coaches and shows the resiliency of this team.
Down: Run Defense
Too many times the Saints defensive line had gaping holes where the Packers Running Back Aaron Jones was able to tip-toe through. The Linebackers then overcommitted and the Saints Safeties were just left chasing the Packers’ Running Back from behind. Next week, the Saints play a Chicago Bears team looking to run the ball on offense behind a rookie QB, so the Saints will need to step their game up in practice.
Up: Drew Brees (kinda)
To say Drew Brees had an unfortunate start to the game would be an understatement. In fact, Brees threw two passes caught by members of the Green Bay Packers before the Packers QB Brett Hundley was able to complete one pass to a member of his team. However, Brees was able to buckle down and rebound with strong overall numbers: 331 yards and a TD (along with his two INTs). Still, it was his second 300-yard game of the season, and first since the Saints loss against New England in Week 2.
Up: Saints Running Backs
Adrian Peterson really did help out the Saints by way of addition by subtraction. Now allowed more touches to shine, Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara combined for 162 yards on the ground with a TD and an extra 55 yards in the air. This is starting to look like one of the better Saints’ RB duos since Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister. Hopefully the pair of backs are able to maintain this level of production the rest of the season.