Yes, the New Orleans Saints were manhandled in the preseason opener with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens overwhelmed the Saints at both lines of scrimmage.
It was discouraging to see the lack of push along the defensive line of scrimmage. We truly missed Akiem Hicks as well as Junior Galette in this preseason opener. The lack of pass rush was stunning and hardly any pressure was applied on Joe Flacco. These are not preseason woes; these are indications of a long and tough season. The secondary played better and, except for some correctable penalties, this unit’s play was encouraging.
The offense has a lot of potential and some bright spots were noted especially the play of Ryan Griffin. I don’t believe Luke McCown will beat him out as the second string quarterback. Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower played well and along with Brandin Cooks were highlights of the night. Other notables were Willie Snead and the continued stellar play of Josh Hill. Max Unger was a revelation and the offense will be able to do great things with him in the line up. Of concern was the play of Evans and Strief.
We may revert to the old model of the offense carrying the team if the defense does not play more fundamentally sound football. Next up–the Patriots in the dOMe opener.