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Drew Brees is seeing a hand specialist today to determine the severity of his thumb injury. Order some Zoloft.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Y’all

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start your day.

This is your “After-Saints-Game” breakfast, where we talk about the state of the Black and Gold, we debate the goings-on in the NFC South, and paint the playoff picture in the NFC up to this point of the season. So, sit back, take a bite and a sip while your brain slowly wakes up, and let’s catch up on some football.

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What Just Happened?

· So, you remember how excited we were last week after the Saints’ win over the Texans? How I stated that for once, the football gods were with the Saints? Well, these bastard deities quickly reminded us that they hate the Saints. Yes, they do. During New Orleans’ second offensive series during yesterday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, Drew Brees banged his right thumb on Aaron Donald’s hand. Yes, these aforementioned miserable vengeful gods have decided that all of the Saints’ misery has to come at the hand (literally) of the Los Angeles Rams. Brees went out for the rest of the game, and the Saints lost 27-9, with all nine points coming from the leg of kicker Wil Lutz. In other words, once Brees exited, the Saints’ offense did diddly poo!

· The last time the Saints went a full game without scoring a touchdown was December 11, 2016. That dreadful day, New Orleans lost 16-11 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Brees was 25 of 41 for 257 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.

· Should Brees miss next week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, it will be the first time in nearly four years that the Saints’ quarterback has missed a regular season game due to an injury. The last time an ailment forced Drew Brees to miss a regular season game was on September 27, 2015. Brees missed that week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers due to a shoulder injury.

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Five Numbers...That Don’t Lie

· 120: the number of receiving yards by Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Why do I mention it here you wonder? Because for most of the game, Kupp was guarded by Saints’ cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and Kupp repeatedly toasted the Saints’ third-year defensive back to a crisp. Lattimore had an all-world rookie year, but his play has declined the past two seasons. I am not certain what he can actually do to regain his 2017 form, but the Saints’ defense could certainly use that, with Eli Apple and P.J. Williams being bona fide liabilities in coverage

· 11: The number of penalties by the Saints against the Rams yesterday. New Orleans held the Rams to six points at the half, and were tied with Los Angeles with under 10 minutes left in the third quarter. However, countless penalties either extended Rams’ offensive drives or stalled the Saints when they had the ball. Apart from being hampered by Brees’ injury, the Saints played a sloppy game in L.A., something they’ll have to correct before playing in front of the raucous crowd in Seattle.

· 10: The number of catches by wide receiver Michael Thomas on Sunday. For the second straight game, the Saints’ number one wideout caught 10 passes, and proved to be the only reliable receiving threat for New Orleans against Los Angeles.

· 2.9. The number of yards-per-carry for the Saints against the Rams yesterday. In week one against the Texans, the Saints had 7.0 yards-per-rush, an excellent average. Yesterday, with Brees out of the game, the Rams loaded the box and forced Teddy Bridgewater to throw, which he unfortunately was not very efficient at.

· 1: The number of receptions by Alvin Kamara yesterday. If you need any more indication that Drew Brees is the straw that stirs the Saints’ drink, with Bridgewater at the helm, the prolific pass catcher that is Kamara was targeted only three times all game, a ridiculously-low number.

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Beignets and Café au Lait Awards

· Fresh Beignets with Hot Coffee: Michael Thomas. In what turned out to be a pretty terrible day for the Saints, “Can’t Guard Mike” kept playing, hauling in 10 of his 13 targets, for 89 yards. What I love most about Michael Thomas is the fact that while watching him play, you’d never know whether his time was up 20 or down 20. He just keeps on catching the ball.

· Stale Beignets with cold Coffee: Jared Cook. After a breakout 2018 season with the Oakland Raiders, the Saints brought in tight end Jared Cook to be the missing piece in New Orleans’ receiving corps. But yesterday, Cook bobbled an easy pass from Drew Brees, which led to the Saints’ first turnover of the day, and Brees’ second interception of the year. Cook finished the game with two catches on seven targets, with 25 yards and a couple of penalties. A miserable day overall for the Saints’ new signee.

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What’s Next?

· The Saints will play the Seattle Seahawks (2-0) in Seattle on Sunday at 3:25 PM CT. With Drew Brees nursing a thumb injury and questionable for the game, the Saints will be hard-pressed to beat the Seahawks on the road, but with a week of first reps in practice, we can hope for Teddy Bridgewater to have a better showing in the Emerald City than he did in Los Angeles yesterday.

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Super Bowl Odds

After their loss to the Rams in week two, according to fivethirthyeight.com, the Saints still have the sixth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at 4%, behind the Patriots (18%), Chiefs (16%), Rams (10%), Cowboys (8%) and Ravens (6%). Saints still have the best odds to win the NFC South at 50%, followed by the Falcons (30%), Bucs (11%) and Panthers (9%).

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Hey, how come you’re still here? Get some work done! Unless you’re still drunk from crying in your cereal yesterday! Worry not, the season is young!

Poll

With Drew Brees potentially sidelined for a few games, how will the Saints season play out?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    They will still win the NFC South! In Teddy we trust!
    (44 votes)
  • 16%
    They will not win the division, but get a Wild Card berth
    (32 votes)
  • 26%
    We can unfortunately can kiss the playoffs goodbye
    (52 votes)
  • 28%
    Have I mentioned that NFL refs suck? They suck!
    (55 votes)
  • 6%
    Don’t talk to me, I need some comfort burgers right now
    (13 votes)
196 votes total Vote Now