New Orleans Scuttlebutt 9-21-09


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Add one parts running game, a dash of defense, and a whole lot of Drew Brees, and what you'll end up with is the formula for an explosive start to the Saints' 2009 season. Brees, the catalyst for New Orleans' impressive 2-0 start, has been eating through secondaries with very little resistance. No one, in over forty years, has scored as many points as New Orleans has in the first two games of the season. One thing is certain, this Saints offense is serving notice with their play on the field, and they have no intentions of slowing down.

"We believe every time we touch the ball we're going to operate with great tempo, dictate to the offense and score points," Brees said.

After marching up and down the field to the tune of forty-five points against the hapless Detroit Lions, the Saints continued to "operate with great tempo" at Lincoln Financial-air mailing forty-eight to the Philadelphia Eagles and the, then, number one ranked defense in the league. Brees hooked up with his favorite courier,  WR Marques Colston, for a pair of touchdowns: first a 15 yarder on the opening drive of the game, and then a spectacular leaping catch over two Philadelphia defenders for a twenty-five yard score to help New Orleans take a 17-13 point lead into halftime. But the Eagles appeared to have held the Saints to a manageable four point lead. That was until Brees and the gang went on a 31-to-9 scoring spree.

The Saints have stock-piled more weapons than they know what to do with - with a different receiver capable of putting up "fantasy football" type numbers at any time. The scary part, they haven't even begun to utilized last years' number one receiver Lance Moore, who left the game against the Eagles early in the first quarter with an injury to his hamstring. Devery Henderson(174) and  Colston(128) have combined for over three hundred yards receiving on just nineteen catches. And Mike Bell, continues to improve his net worth, running the ball with abandon. Bell is forth in the league in rushing (229 yards) and didn't even play the last 12:50 of the fourth quarter against the Eagles.

But what gets lost in all the Sports Center Highlights and high scoring hoopla, is the play of the defense. In just two games the Saints' "D" has caused seven turnovers, including a league best six interceptions. Veteran Safety Darren Sharper leads the league with three pics, the last of which was returned for ninety-seven yards for a touchdown. Sure they've given up almost a half a hundred in the first two games, but with an offense like the Saints', you don't need to stop teams, just slow them down.

The Saints shouldn't have that much trouble with the Bills in week three. The Bills have a middle of the pack offense that fired its coordinator just before the start of the season. Third year quarter back Trent Edwards is fifth in the league  with a 104.9QB rating. However two games into the season the jury is still out on Edwards and with an aging but no less petulant Terrell Owens lobbying for more touches, there is no indication that the 1-1 Bills will have any more success than the Lions or Eagles. Besides if the old saying is true, that "defense travels well" then the Saints steadily improving "D" should be in good shape Sunday. But whatever the case, if this game should somehow turn into a shootout, the Bills are frankly just too out gunned.


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