It was a chess match for the ages as Rob Ryan’s defense lined up against Andrew Luck, an up and coming NFL star. It was significant, except for the two times Delvin Breaux fell down, Ryan’s defense would have held Andrew Luck to almost no points. Delvin Breaux has emerged as a superstar (one can only hope he will remain focused and hungry), and the Saints secondary held against some of the most prolific wide receivers in the game. Run stops were not a significant part of this game as the Colts, like the Saints, prefer to pass. There were very few runs of any significance except for some great ones by Mark Ingram.
Time clock management and allowing the Colt’s possessions to work the clock against them was great if not for the high stakes strategy given the lack of ability to move the ball by the Saints after they had initially scored 27 points. It is sincerely hoped the Saints were saving plays and formations for the future. It will be good once all of the oline men are back in the line up but the three and outs were worrisome.
Great special teams play today and incredible play by Brian Dixon who shone on special teams as as well as in the cornerback rotation. Special play by Luke McCown on the surprise play and gutsy call by Sean Payton.
Boo for the penalty by Bobby Richardson. I am sure it is the last time he will make such a bone-headed play.
The defensive line play was stellar and the loss of one of my personal favorites, Akiem Hicks, has not slowed down this young unit. They were in condition to hang in for four quarters, and the offense was able to rely on them after their three and outs.
Great game and the Saints’s season is still alive. Who Dat!