Sitting at 4-2 the Saints are coming off a hard fought win at home Sunday over the Panthers, a divisional win that came down to the wire when the Panthers tried what would have been a NFL record 65-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.
The win keeps the Saints on track with the Bucs, who were winners Sunday in Vegas against the Raiders, and it doesn’t appear that Tampa is going away anytime soon.
This week is another tough test as the Saints are on the road, traveling to the Windy City of Chicago to take on the Bears, who were losers Monday night to the Rams.
Here’s a few tidbits on the Saints as they get ready to get back on the practice field Wednesday.
* Controlling the Line
Sunday against the Panthers there were a couple stats that stood out, but one that usually will win you games is stopping the run, and running the ball yourself.
Led by Alvin Kamara, who ran for 83 yards, putting up 5.9 yards per carry, the Saints as a whole rushed for 138 yards, putting up 4.8 yards per rush.
That will win you plenty of games when you can dominate the line like that.
On the other side, the team stopped the Panthers on the ground all day, allowing them to run for just 37 yards (2.6 yards per rush).
It might have been the best game thus far in 2020 for the line, and one that they will need to duplicate this week against the Bears and their pass rush.
* Glazer Weighs In
Michael Thomas’ health and his return to the team has been the biggest storyline for the Saints thus far in 2020, and again this week his hamstring “injury” may keep him out of action.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer spoke on the subject on Monday, giving his take on the injury and when we all might see Thomas again take the field.
“Here’s the situation: even when he had a hamstring injury, people looked at it a little bit sideways. The truth is, the Saints [performed an MRI], and it did come back with a Grade 1 strain of that hamstring. Which means it’s like a one- or two-week injury,” Glazer said.
It’s been a tough season for Thomas and the Saints when it comes to getting him on the field. From an ankle injury to a fight with a teammate, to now a hamstring injury, who knows when the team might get Thomas back.
For now, it’s all wait and see.
* Bracing for Brady
The game of the year in the NFC South is a week away, as on Sunday, November 8th the Saints will travel to Tampa to take on the Bucs and Tom Brady.
The Saints held Brady in the opener in the dome to 23-for-36 passing for 239 yards with a pair of TD’s and a pair of picks.
Overall the Saints defense was the story in the opener, and the team walked away with a 34-23 win.
This time around will be even harder, as Brady is playing at a high level, and it seems now that he and tight end Rob Gronkowski are on the same page, the Bucs are even more dangerous.
Many think the Bucs will be the NFC team in the Super Bowl (which oddly enough will be in Tampa), but if the Saints can hand Tampa another loss, they will have the upper hand in the division with about half the season left.
The post Saints Thoughts: The Line Dominates, Glazer Gives His Thoughts, Getting Ready for Tom Terrific appeared first on Saints Gab.