Hand of Brees and Mind of Payton Show Why few teams can keep up with Saints
In the dome on Sunday the New Orleans Saints came out in their throw back jersey’s’. Saints quarterback Drew Brees showcased his true toughness and leadership as he and squad defeated Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans in a shootout.
Brees threw two interceptions, but ultimately ended the game with 370 yards and three exciting second-half touchdown passes, while Mark Ingram ran one in and led the team back for a second half rally and win lifted themselves out of tight game with the Texas into a victory.
During the Texans offense outgained the Saints in yards on offense, they could not outscore the highly powerful scoring of New Orleans. The Texans held up four times inside the red-zone, in the game making it for them even more difficult to come away with a victory.
Schaub threw for 373 yards and started the game strong. On the opening drive, Schaub threw for 73 yards and capped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels.
Brees raised his game after suffering from his first two interceptions of the season. By stepping up his game and bringing excitement to the dome as the Saints began their comeback and proved to be too powerful for the Texans to handle, or keep up with in a dramatic shootout on the field.
However it’s never an easy win for a team that suffers through some many injuries in a game especially while all excitement is happening on the field for the Saints center Olin Kreutz left game in the first quarter after the Saints offense had the ball for a second time. The injury had to do with his left knee which was wrapped and braced. Offensive tackle Zach Strief, had an injury early in the third quarter. It appeared to be to his right leg and he was carted to the locker room. Linebacker, Martez Wilson exited off the field in the third quarter, he in fact took what appeared to be a shot to the head which may have knocked him a bit loopy or caused a stinger. Another injury occurred in the first quarter to linebacker Will Herring – but there was no word on his injury whatsoever as it was undisclosed.
This added to the Saints Injuries that have continued to plague this stellar team. Beginning with injuries to With Marques Colston, Jonathan Vilma, Garrett Hartley, and Tracy Porter already coming earlier in the year ; the New Orleans Saints knew that a number of other players needed to step up in their absence. Enough was done on Sunday to take a 40-33 victory over the Houston Texans, but the Saints exited the game in even more of a "walking wounded" state. Coach Sean Payton did not go into detail on any of the injuries suffered during the game, but he never usually does. That news and information will come forth a little bit on Monday and more so on Wednesday when the injury report is to be released.
Its unknown the severity on some of the injuries but these Saints are still on top of their game.
The Texans and the Saints are headed in 2-1 into the fourth week of the season the major difference between the team is the Saints have the confidence and experience to win in the NFL.
Next week the Saints will lead the charge and try to dominate in Jacksonville as they face the Jaguars this coming Sunday. After Jacksonville, the Saints have two road games with their divisional opponents at Carolina Panthers with rookie quarterback Cam Newton and Tampa Bay Bucs with young talented quarterback Josh Freeman. Saints won’t be back in the Superdome until October. 23 when they play host the Indianapolis Colts.