Two NFL Archrivals Demonstrate Together With Pre-Game Unity Circle
Sep 29 2016 by Marjorie Miles
The breakdowns were both mental and physical. I saw fans from Twitter summarize it best when they said we waited eight months for the Saints to return and all we get is the same result. "It's one of those tapes that you want to make sure there's not a ton of copies of, because it isn't real pretty".
The Saints' 45-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Monday night is the latest evidence that the club is unable to give Brees the roster he deserves.
Both teams shared the special moment on Twitter with the caption, "With a message of togetherness, the Falcons and Saints lock arms and put the rivalry aside for a moment before". Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns while the Falcons added 217 rushing yards. Delvin Breaux, Kenny Vaccaro, Dannell Ellerbe, Sheldon Rankins, Tyeler Davison, P.J. Williams were all out Monday night, and Hau'oli Kikaha (IR) and Keenan Lewis (cut in August because of injuries) weren't there, either.
They wound up allowing 442 net yards against Atlanta, but when Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about the toll injuries have taken, he responded, "That is not going to be an excuse for not playing smart". "They have a number of packages they feature, and their quarterback is involved".
Ryan and the Falcons are fourth in passing yards, first in passer rating and yards per attempt, and he has seven touchdown passes to just one interception.
Nationals' Wilson Ramos suffers torn ACL
Ramos landed awkwardly and clutched his right knee, the same knee that required surgery after a torn ACL and MCL in 2012. With Ramos now officially ruled out, the Nationals injuries are piling up.
Payton was quick to indicate the Saints have not lost confidence in Harris, and Webb's insertion was based on what the Falcons like to do on offense.
New Orleans had been able to hold off NY a week ago despite its injuries on defense, but Atlanta took full advantage. Even though they have given up quite a few points, a lot of the blame for that falls on the offense's turnovers more than any glaring weakness on the defense.
Others carried the load, most notably the running back tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman who combined for 296 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns on 34 touches. "They had the momentum the rest of the game, and it was all for them". Jones has performed admirably after winning the starting middle linebacker job, and his 90-yard interception return for a touchdown was key in ensuring the Falcons came away win a victory. Freeman finished with 152 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving. "There's no magic offensive play or defensive scheme that's going to win you a game", Brees said. He has been lights out for much of this season - especially in the Saints' two home games.
"It's another one of those guys you feel for, the way he's worked, what he's done, what he means to our organization", coach Mike McCoy said.