5 Good Things/5 Bad Things From Saints In Week 2
The New Orleans Saints fell on the road on Sunday, dropping a 16-13 decision to the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Let’s take a look at 5 positive things to take away from the loss, and then 5 negative things.
5 Good Things:
1)—The Defense: Playing without the services of Delvin Breaux, Sheldon Richardson, Damian Swann, and Dannell Ellerbe, the Saints' defense still kept the Giants out of the end zone, while accumulating three forced fumbles, two sacks, and six stops for losses. You could not have asked for a better performance by Dennis Allen's bunch.
2)—Craig Robertson: An under-the-radar free agent signing during the offseason, Robertson has been stellar through the first two weeks, and was again exceptional on Sunday, leading the team in tackles, with 13 tackles, after racking up 11 in opening week.
3)—Thomas Morstead: Morstead had a great game, punting 7 times for an average of 54.8 yards, More importantly, he had a 44.9 net average.
4)—Sterling Moore: The 26-year old cornerback, who has been with the Saints for less than two weeks, played well while matched-up most of the time with Odell Beckham, Jr. He played as well as anyone could possibly expect him to.
5)—Stingy against the run: The Saints did a great job of stuffing the Giants' rushing attack, allowing only 64 yards on 32 carries.
5 Bad Things:
1)—0-2: Only 12 percent (26-of-214) of NFL teams have made the playoffs since 1990, following an 0-2 start. Also, despite making the playoffs in 1990 following an 0-2 start themselves, the Saints have never had a winning season after getting off to an 0-2 beginning. Even more disappointing, they fell to 0-2 despite not allowing the Giants an offensive touchdown, and finishing +3 in the turnover department.
2)—Third down efficiency: The Saints were a brutal 3-of-13 on third downs conversions on Sunday. What makes it even worse is that they were only 4-of-11 in week one. That's just not going to cut it.
3)—Injury To P.J. Williams: Actually, this could make the "good things" category, as the reports that Williams didn't suffer a serious injury after being carted off the field in the first quarter. That's a relief. The bad news is that Williams did suffer a concussion and his status is unknown. This team is quickly being depleted by injury.
4)—The offensive line: The Saints were only able to run the ball for 41 yards on 13 carries, while Brees was pressured numerous times, and sacked twice.
5)—Coby Fleener: I still believe you have to give Fleener at least two more weeks before judging him, but he just hasn't clicked by Brees, or the offense, yet. He did double his catch output from week one. Of course, he only had one catch in the opener, and he dropped one on Sunday.