Saints Beat the Bengals in Preseason Opener

Posted: August 15, 2009 in Saints
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Well the first game of the 2009 preseason is history for the Saints and there were a few things they showed.

Number one, the defense is actually improved. There’s no way the Saints of last year who have caused three turnovers even though one was given back by Vilma.

Number two, Vilma and Sharper will probably step into a leading role for the Saints D this year. They seem to work well together looking at a play when Darren Sharper knocked the ball loose from RB Cedric Benson and Jonathan Vilma picked it up and ran with it before fumbling. These two were all over the field making plays all night and they should be; they’re two seasoned NFL vets.

The toastmaster general is still in the oven. The only points given up by the defense was courtesy of the toastmyster himself.

Joey Harrington is still Joey Harrington.

And finally, Jeremy Shockey still has it when he’s healthy. Yeah, he may be a little slow, but he can catch. He displayed particularly good hands on the touchdown catch from Drew Brees in the first quarter.

Overall, the defense still has a ways to go, but they took a major step tonight.

STATS:

Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
M. Brunell 9/13 128 1 0
D. Brees 6/9 88 1 0
J. Harrington 1/3 14 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Hamilton 15 48 0 9
P. Thomas 4 15 0 8
R. Bush 3 5 0 5
H. Donaldson 3 5 0 5
O. Sobomehin 1 5 0 5
P. Hill 2 4 0 5
R. Meachem 1 4 0 4
H. Evans 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Meachem 3 77 1 64
J. Shockey 3 61 1 33
RodHarper 2 48 0 35
M. Colston 1 14 0 14
M. Simon 1 14 0 14
B. Ortega 1 6 0 6
D. Dinkins 2 5 0 5
D. Henderson 1 5 0 5
S. Green 0 0 0 0
L. Hamilton 2 0 0 3
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Hartley 1/2 54 2/2 5
Defense T-A SCK INT FF
J. Dunbar 6-2 0.0 0 0
J. David 4-0 0.0 0 0
P. Prioleau 4-0 0.0 0 0
L. Torrence 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Evans 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Fujita 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gay 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Grant 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hargrove 2-0 1.0 0 0
R. Harper 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Reis 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Shanle 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Sharper 2-0 0.0 0 1
J. Vilma 2-0 0.0 1 0
J. Charleston 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Clancy 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Gorrer 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Jenkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Spicer 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Waters 1-0 0.0 0 0
U. Young 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Ayodele 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Casillas 0-0 0.0 1 0
S. Ellis 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. McCray 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Pressley 0-1 0.0 0 0

Final Grades:

Offense:  S

Defense:  S                 (Preseason Scale)

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