What a difference thirteen days makes! The Saints gave the Buccaneers all they could take during Saints versus Buccaneers Week 16. The difference between the two games was the excellent running by Mark Ingram (who ran angry and hard on his daughter’s second birthday), the play of the offensive line and the two, yes count them, two interceptions by Jarrius Byrd. Byrd has been coming on as of late as he has become healthier and healthier.
The win was impressive because, although the game meant nothing post-season wise for the Saints, it meant everything for the Buccaneers who were fighting for a playoff spot.
The offensive line made openings for the running game but more importantly gave the Saints short down and distances which kept the Saints from playing catch up and having to rely strictly on the passing game and putting Brees in position to make poor decisions. No Terron Amstead? No problem. Welcome back, Max Unger, you made the difference!! The offense line played an excellent game during Saints versus Buccaneers Week 16. John Kuhn had excellent blocks, helping to spring Mark Ingram for some positive yardage.
No Kenny Vaccarro, No Delvin Breaux, No problem. The defense dominated the Bucs offensive line, forcing Jameis Winston into many incompletions and poor decisions. It was an impressive performance and the run game defense was good.
The Saints defense, long the team’s Achilles heel, has rounded into a better and better unit as the year wore on. In my opinion, Dennis Allen has won the job as well as the respect of Coach Payton and his squad. As the Saints head into free agency and the draft this year, some good decision making could bolster a burgeoning unit and enhance the star power of their pro bowl players.
Special mention to the fans who showed up for the Christmas Eve game with no playoff implications. They brought it!
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