slewis1952 Posted September 27, 2010 Share Posted September 27, 2010 I watched the game, I checked stats, I listened to commentators, and here is what I came away with:THE GOOD (WE WON!)1. If pounding the rock and keeping the ball out of Drew Brees' hands is the way to beat New Orleans, we certainly did that and then some. We have discovered Snelling and Ovie can be huge differences and the fatigue shown by the Saints defense said it all.2. Third and fourth down conversions-- 50% of third downs and 60% of fourth downs was HUGE! 3. No turnovers by Matt Ryan certainly gave us a big advantage by keeping the ball away from NO4. Matt Bryant took a lot of heat in the pre-season (some if it by me) but after the icing timeout and the 5 yard penalty, he showed me a lot and he took care of business--- he was DA MAN!!5. Roddy White and Tony Gonzales came up time and time again with quality plays. Two consumate pros!HONORABLE MENTION-- Brent Grimes-- nothing left to say.THE BAD1. Sam Baker- what in the **** is wrong with him? Something ain't right! Still, only 1 Saint sack by an OL who is showing they are pretty darn good. Come on SAM!!2. Twenty five first downs were followed 17 times by running plays. Maybe it was our game plan but I didn't get the feeling that the Saint defense was up to the task.3. At the 8:47 mark of third quarter we are first and goal at the two. First play incomplete pass in the end zone. Second and third downs, runs by Turner for no gain. Unimaginative!! Settled for field goal but you HAVE to score 7 here. 4. We still seem to give up the big play. The 80 yard pass by Brees was obviously a mix-up and our safety was late. It seems to happen at least once a game.5. Where in the world is Michael Jenkins? I know it has nothing to do with the game but is the guy dead or is he on vacation? We obviously aren't throwing to Harry Douglas (except that first play in OT on the bomb was a great call and barely missed). Three decent receivers would make us awesome.THE UGLY1. Jeremy Shockey is not fast, nor is he that good. How is he always open in the middle? He caused us a lot more trouble than he has caused other teams.2. The Saints running game-- We had 202 yards rushing, they had 43. A great tribute to our Defense who, BTW, was led by Weatherspoon with 8 tackles. 3. Time of Possession- Atlanta 46:00 and New Orleans 27:00-- there is nothing else to say.4. Average gain per pass play- Atlanta 6.7 yards? I know stats are for losers but playing an entire game near the line of scrimmage will come back to bite us if we don't stretch the field.5. Seeing that loser Thomas Benson's (Saint's owner) look when Hartley absolutely shanked that FG. Its on NFL.COM. Mr. Benson, its our turn now!!!Very good game... shouldn't have been that close but in the past we lost games like this one. Makes sitting on the sofa for over 3 hours worth every bit of it. The post game shows that get off on showing Romo, Farve, and these crappy teams who finally got their first wins overlooked the best game of the day. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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