October 19, 2009

Notes: Fujita's injury, remaining opponents, and much more

  • Strongside linebacker Scott Fujita's calf injury has him questionable in an early Miami diagnosis. Fujita left the Giants game on the last play of the first quarter. Special teamer Troy Evans, 31, would take his place in the starting lineup if he isn't able to go, as he did for most of the Giants game. Evans isn't as big as 6'5, 250 pound Fujita, few are, but Evans is a solid 6'3, 240.

    Evans, a captain on special teams for the Saints, has never started a game on defense. His playing time on defense would limit his playing time on coverage and kick teams, which may have lead to and may have led to breakdowns in those units.

  • On Monday, Sean Payton made sure to praise starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who prevented Giants star pass rusher Osi Umenyiora from making an impact in the game. Bushrod is going to make Jammal Brown's pending contract negotiations very interesting. Unfortunately, both players have so far proven to be prone to injury. Kudos to Mickey Loomis and his staff for building a loaded offensive line, when a sturdy, experienced veteran like Zach Strief can come off the bench as your third string left tackle.

  • Through six weeks, the Saints defense is tied with the Bills for lowest completion percentage, allowing an average of 53.2% of passes completed against them.

    Remaining opponents currently in the bottom half of the league in completion % allowed: Carolina, @St. Louis, @Tampa Bay, New England, Dallas, Tampa Bay, @Carolina

    Remaining opponents currently in the top half of the league in completion % allowed: Atlanta, @Miami, @Washington, @Atlanta

  • And the Falcons have lost starting cornerback Brian Williams for the season. Former LSU Tiger Chevis Jackson is expected to reclaim his starting job, though Jackson pick-6'd Brees last November in the Falcons' big win against the Saints in Atlanta.

  • Through six weeks, Drew Brees leads the league in QB Rating (118.4) and is fourth in completion percentage (69.2).

    Remaining opponents currently in the bottom half of the league in own QB completion %: @Miami, Carolina, @St. Louis, @Tampa Bay, @Washington, Dallas, Tampa Bay, @Carolina

    Remaining opponents currently in the top half of the league in own QB completion %: Atlanta, New England, @Atlanta

  • TE Jeremy Shockey is right, the Saints did leave points on the turf despite putting up 48. Brees missed a wide-open Devery Henderson streaking deep down the field past often-victimized Giants safety CC Brown, the ball bouncing five yards wide and short of all players. The speedster from LSU finished with one catch for six yards. RB Pierre Thomas' dubious denial at the goal line was a touchdown left off the board, as was Darren Sharper's penalty-nullified pick six.

  • ESPN's NFC South blogger looks at just how good Brees was against the Giants, and then makes the case for the Saints as the best in the NFL.

  • Aren't you glad when this sort of news has nothing to do with the Saints? California clears green hurdles to build new L.A. stadium.

  • Saints part-owner and executive Rita Benson was featured in a Forbes list of the most powerful women in sports, though her description displays a lack of homework: "London preseason game" should be "London regular season game."

  • Post-game Saint tweets:

    Pierre Thomas wrote: "Great win today. Prime example of teamwork baby!"

    Drew Brees wrote: "How bout them Saints! Thanks to all the fans who helped pull us through yesterday. You all were awesome. Keep it rollin"

    Chris Paul wrote: "Jus left the SAINTS game...it was gettin out o hand lol...glad I went to the game wit the fam...CONGRATS to all Saints n fans, HUGE win!!!"

    Jeremy Shockey wrote: "what a great team win!!!! still left alot of points on the field....."

    Billy Miller wrote: "Could not be happier for my guys and yet so sad I can't play with them"

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