After taking a much needed week off the Saints returned to the Superdome. They hosted the Carolina Panthers and faced off against an old friend in Teddy Bridgewater. This was a pretty exciting NFC South matchup that had thrills and chills. Let’s take a look at 3 up’s and 3 down’s from this week.
Before you come at me check it out. Andrus Peat has been playing some pretty good football as of late, and particularly this has been his best game so far this year. According to ESPN Peat has one of the highest pass block win rates among guards in the NFL his 95% rate is 6th best in the entire league. While his contract may have been questionable so far in the month of October he’s looked just as good.
Drew Brees to Marquez Callaway
Man no Michael Thomas and no Emmanuel Sanders this week was gonna be tough for Brees and this offense which has seen its fair share of struggles. However once again Marquez Callaway (8 catches 75 yards) looked like a guy who can really contribute even when Thomas and Sanders return. Brees got everyone involved Jared Cook, Deonte Harris, Alvin Kamara, and Trequan Smith all made great plays and Brees had a beautiful 2 minute drive at the end of the first half. The offense was 12 of 14 on 3rd down, no punts, and the 2 times they didn’t convert they still came away with points and kicked 2 field goals. Safe to say the problem with the Saints isn’t number 9 and this offense is getting better and better
It was good to see Davenport on the field and make an impact, his huge sack in the 4th quarter changed the game, and had it been even a yard or 2 shorter Joey Slye probably makes that field goal and to see him play 50% of the snaps and get more usage and slowly getting healthier and healthier is a great sign for 2 First.
Marshon Lattimore and Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins
Going into last Sunday there probably wasn’t a better duo in the NFL at receiver then DJ Moore and Robby Anderson and Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins put on a show. Lattimore was targeted 3 times and allowed 2 catches for 15 yards, while Jenkins allowed 1 catch for 4 yards on 2 targets. If these guys can continue this kind of play this defense can really take the next step.
That’s the 6 million dollar question right? It’s getting real hard to defend Marcus Williams week in and week out. He absolutely whiffed on a play bit on the corner route and left his zone only to let a wide open DJ Moore take it to the house. It’s really bad to see a guy who’s been a starter since 2017 still missing these basic assignments and blowing coverages left and right.
It’s been a really weird year for Cam Jordan, through 6 games he’s been absolutely quite all year and all he has to show for it is 1.5 sacks to show for it. Granted hes faced a lot of double teams, but still Cam Jordan has got to play better and really help get this pass rush going for the Saints.
Chauncy Gardner- Johnson
CGJ got worked in the slot against the Panthers and once it happened the first time Matt Rhule kept it going by lining up Robbie Anderson in the slot and attacking the young DB, he’ll for sure bounce back just one of those days.