Cheers: Jeremy F-ing Shockey. Where have you been all this time? ###RECEPTIONSFORYARDS### and a touchdown? If you're struggling to remember the last time he caught a touchdown, you're probably not alone. LASTTOUCHDOWN. Vilma's fumble recovery, the defense looked intimidating, hit on Coles (hope he's not hurt), defense stinginess. Fun formations (bush as a wideout) and pre snap movement. charles grant's non-sack. Even though it was ruled an incomplete pass, Grant shed his blocker quickly and showed some speed getting after Carson Palmer.
Jeers: not being able to turn Vilma's recovery into any points/first four offensive plays. Drew Brees' accuracy. It asn't there at all in his first ### attempts. He overthrew Colston on the fade route in th end zone, sailed one past him on an out route and missed (PLAYER) low and behind (though Brees did well to avoid the rush and not take a loss).
The defense after Vilma's interception. OK, it was a bummer when Vilma returned his interception ##YARDS## only to fumble it at the four-yard line and the defense might have been a bit tired from being on the field so long, but how did they go from dominating Cincinnatti to giving up ###PLAYSFORYARDS###? Gregg Williams could not be happy with that kind of let down.
All injuries in the preseason are bad, and meacham gave Saints fan a nice little scare in the first quarter after he caught Brees' first completion of the game. He was back on the field shortly after so we can only assume it wasn't too bad.
The Saints challenges. The challenge on the Vilma fumble was a poor decision seeing how clearly it seemed like he had lost control of the ball before going down. The one on Ocho Cinco's big play was questionable in part because it was a dispute of just a few yards, but the Saints did get screwed out of a timeout when it was pretty clear in the TV replays that he had stepped out of bounds.
FIRST QUARTER STATS. Yeesh.