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On a day that saw the Saints defense meet their weekly quota for yards given up (more on that later) Authentic Garrett Grayson Jersey , it was the contributions of two old timers turning back the hands of time that stood out. Throughout the game, there were moments where Drew Brees and Benjamin Watson looked like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 4, as both took their lumps while proving they could still hang athletically with the young guns in their 18th and 15th NFL seasons respectively.The ageless Watson showing a spring in his step reminiscent of well...last year, as he hauled in 5 receptions for 71 yards on 6 targets, one of which included a magnificent diving 27-yard catch that highlighted Brees’ ball placement (Hello Rev) and trust in the former New England Patriots tight end. This coming only five days after head coach Sean Payton called out that group saying, “We have to do better at the tight end position, that’s for sure.”Is this better, Sean?Watson and playoff Josh (Hill) would go on to combine for 82 yards on the day. Would you believe that’s the 6th most production the Saints have gotten from the TE position in the last 32 games or two years?Crazy!Drew Brees, on the other hand, hopped inside a time machine and went back to 2011. The Saints clearly relied on his arm to carry them this game, as he attempted a whopping 49 passes for 396 yards and 3 TDs. He connected with the usual suspects, as Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas combined for a ridiculous 30 targets, resulting in 25 receptions for 253 yards and a long of 35.Midway through the 2nd quarter, Brees would go on to torch history in his own special way by casually breaking Brett Favre’s completion record with a throw to none other than Thomas. Oddly enough, it was his work with his legs that would generate the biggest excitement for Saints fans.The goal line leap to win the game was vintage Brees and highlighted his still exceptional vertical, but the 7-yard TD run where he smashed the ‘B’ button to nimbly pirouette off two Falcons defenders before diving in for the score, possibly goes down as one of the sweetest Drew Brees moments in his decade long tenure as a Saint.Only Steve Erwin (RIP) could deliver “a beauty” well enough to capture the essence of this play!Conversely, his counterpart Matt Ryan didn’t fare so well and became one of only 2 QBs in NFL History to ever throw for 350+ yards and 5 TDs, but still not win the game. The other is Eli Manning in 2015 — and both lost to Drew Brees.It’s even more fitting to know that Ben Watson was on that team in 2015 too.Miscellaneous NotesRushing three men in the red zone isn’t yielding great results. That playcall/wrinkle from DC Dennis Allen worked best when the Saints had Nick Fairley over the nose to get quick pressure.Now, it only gives QBs up to 5 seconds to find a receiver with 8 guys in coverage.Unacceptable!The Saints second series was all about Alvin Kamara proving he’s human.Up 7, he first failed to field the punt and lost yardage on the play P. J. Williams Jersey , and then followed that up with not being on the same page with Brees resulting in an incomplete pass on 2nd down.Saints would punt two plays later, and the Falcons would go on to tie 7-7 — but they had momentum and could have gone up 10-0 or better.Marcus Davenport saved P.J. Williams from another loss on a double move, as he was beat on the play, but Matt Ryan had no time to release the ball as he found himself in the grasp of the rookie for the first sack of his NFL careerOffensive line had an off-game penalty wise, but get a pass as the crowd noise likely had a lot to do with it.Wil Lutz was inches away from going full Zane Gonzalez (never go full Gonzalez) when his first field goal attempt bounced off the post before creeping its way back inside the uprights.Cris Carter had his gaffes, but provided amazing insight. Him chiding the ref for allowing the WR/DB to get behind him as he got caught peeking in the backfield was funny, even it did occur on a play the Saints could have been flagged on.The Saints at one point were confident enough to allow Alex Okafor to rush from LDE and Davenport to rush from RDE to give Cam Jordan a few snaps off.4th Quarter Jordan with 1st Q effort is a nightmare for opposing offensive lineman.These Saints-Falcons rivalry games are quickly becoming known for having a pivotal special teams play take place.This time it was a blocked punt by Okafor, as he joins Steve Gleason and Michael Mauti in statue making moments.Michael Thomas is continuing a dominant start to his 2018 campaign by shattering a record set by Julio Jones, in his house nonetheless, with 35 catches through 3 games, most ever in NFL History.P.J. Williams and Ken Crawley were beat mercilessly during the game yet still found ways not to be liabilities late.Solid mental toughness gentlemen.Cameron Meredith‘s first catch as a Saints was a huge one that resulted in a TDDefense played the run marvelously, and this aided them in controlling the clock but for the third week in a row played 60+ snaps.Those numbers need to come down...brutal!I’m running out of Nails to bite as the Saints insist on causing heart palpitations for their entire fan base through three weeks of the NFL season.The Saints defense gave up 5 TDs and to Ryan and continued to look bad in divisional play.Yet, I said this game would probably come down to whichever defense could make a key play and when the Saints needed a stop they were able to force the punt that preceded overtimeFalcons offense would never touch the ball again.Saints Week 2 Player of the Week: Drew Brees What’s up Who Dats? Tee Word is here with the New Orleans Saints Player of the Week for Week 2 of 2018! The Saints notched their first win of the season by limping past the surprising Cleveland Browns in 21-18 outcome. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a start. At this point in the last four seasons, the Saints were 0-2 instead of the current 1-1. After lighting up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in a Week 1 loss, it was hard not to give the player of the week nod to Drew Brees. But, I knew that in the absence of Mark Ingram for three additional games, Brees would be relied upon to drive the offense and put up high numbers to keep the Saints competitive until he had a reliable ground attack. Alvin Kamara did his part to earn the award and make it a close vote. Let’s not forget Michael Thomas having a career day that was only dampened by a fumble. As expected, the usual suspects were in line for the award and it was down to Brees, Kamara, and Thomas again. The defense offered a trailing entry in Cam Jordan who had 2 tackles on the day Ken Crawley Jersey , both were sacks. But the process of elimination was very simple, if you’re on offense and didn’t score or turn the ball over, you were out – bye, bye AK41, sit here MT13. That left Brees and Jordan – hmm鈥eah, you know wuzzam, this was all Brees. When it mattered most, Brees was on point late and instrumental in the comeback win. Entering the fourth quarter, trailing 12-3, Brees and the offense came to life, rattling off 18 points to take the lead. Brees led the offense to their first touchdown of game by going 4/4, including the scoring pass on a 2 yard toss to Thomas making the score 12-10. After trading punts, safety Marcus Williams gave Brees the break he needed by intercepting Tyrod Taylor and returning the ball 22 yards into Browns territory. Brees went 2/2 for 13 yards and a TD pass on the drive, and aided by the 2 point conversion took an 18-10 lead late in the game. Of course the Browns would manage to tie the game on the ensuing drive. But Brees was not done. He calmly completed 2/2 for 50 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. ton set up a Wil Lutz field goal for the go ahead score, setting the final score at 21-18.The defense showed signs of improvement but the offense overcame two early turnovers to come on late and score 18 points in the fourth quarter. A trust test is on deck against the Atlanta Falcons, but the team appears to be shaping up just in time to face their most fierce rival. As always, Thanks for reading, Be Cool Who Dats! Custom Buffalo Bills Jerseys
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