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Monday, September 21, 2009

No Reason to Boo in Week 2

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 7:06 AM

The fun part about the first couple of weeks to any NFL season is that it's still all a guessing game. With such a small sample of games to look at, it's hard to pin down any certainties about most teams. For right now, though, it's pretty clear that Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league.


Now let's get on to the wild superlatives:


Hot Gumbo

  • Drew Brees - I heard that when Drew Brees throws a football, the Earth has to spin faster to catch up to it. Also, every time he throws a touchdown a puppy gets its wings.
  • Marques Colston - With Brees at the helm, it really doesn't matter who's one the receiving end. It can be easy to forget that Marques Colston is still one of the best wide receivers in the league (a rash of injuries don't help). 98 yards and 2 touchdowns should remind everyone just how good he is.
  • Darren Sharper - Three interceptions in his first two games would have been enough to quickly win over Saints fans weary of watching their secondary get torched week after week. Taking one 97 yards to the house against the Eagles should guarantee a spike in Sharper jersey sales in time for the Saints' home game against the Jets on October 4th.
  • Mike Bell - Apologies again for missing him last week. Bell wasn't as spectacular this week, but he was still solid with 86 yards and a touchdwon. Oh, and he also averaged more than five yards a carry. You know the old saying: if you want a first down, give Mike Bell the ball twice. Something like that.
  • Desean Jackson and Brent Celek - I have to be honest, I had no idea who Brent Celek was before this game. Did you? He's a tight end from that college football powerhouse known as the University of Cincinnati. Also, he and Desean Jackson had 100 receiving yards a peice. Jackson also had that 71-yard touchdown where he burned the entire Saints' secondary (more on them later). Incredible what catching passes against the Saints can do for your career.

Spoiled Crawfish

  • Saints Secondary - Granted, they did pick up three interceptions and kept the Eagles from busting out too many big plays. But you really can't give too many compliments to a secondary that let up 391 to Kevin Kolb. Seriously. Kevin Kolb. 391 yards. Terrible.
  • Kevin Kolb - Just who does this guy think he is? First NFL start and he probably drove more than a fair share of Saints fans bonkers. Anyone who was excited that Donovan McNabb play must really question if any two-armed quarterback can light up this team.
  • Joe Buck - There's no particular reason I put Joe on this list, I didn't do much listening to his telecast (his voice hurts my head) but I like the idea of him being forced to eat spoiled crawfish.

Lukewarm Abita

  • Reggie Bush - He scored a touchdown and had a pretty nice day as a receiver. He still can't run all that effectively (3.3 yards per carry against Philly) and has yet to follow through on that promise to stop dancing around (see: -3 return yards).
  • Saints Defense - Overall it was a decent showing. They gave up a lot of yards but caused a slew of turnovers and, as noted, Sharper gave them a touchdown. But you really have to wonder what's going to happen when a real NFL team (i.e. not the Lions) or one that isn't decimated by injuries (i.e. the Eagles) takes a crack at them.
  • Jeremy Shockey - You can't criticize anyone on the offensive side of the ball for the Saints. That's the great thing about playing with THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE LEAGUE DREW BREES. But Shockey consistently did very little last year and this year we'll be looking for any kind of consistency.

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