- OPENING DRIVE: Down 7-0, the Saints had one of their best drives of the season when they drove 80 yards on eight plays for a touchdown on their first posession to tie the score at 7. Drew Brees finished the drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass to receiver Robert Meachem, who figures to be a bigger factor as the season progresses. This was the kind of precision and timing that the Saints will need for the stretch run.
- KENNY VACCARO: Roman Harper meet Wally Pip. Saints rookie Kenny Vaccaro made his first start of the season count by not making any major mistakes, and because of that he deserves to start more often. Vaccaro played a solid game, and based on his speed and athleticism, he will be a mainstay in the team’s secondary for years to come.
- SAINTS DEFENSE: Even though some of their players are past their prime, the Cardinals do have some talent on offense. Yet, the Saints defense shut the Cardinals down after the opening drive. The NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award goes to....Rob Ryan.
- SAINTS RUN OFFENSE: OK. We get the point. Jim Brown in his prime would be just an average running back behind these guys. So, maybe it’s not just Mark Ingram. But minus-6 yards rushing in the first half. Incredible. That shouldn’t even happen in a snow storm. This is the reason why Saints coach Sean Payton gets pass happy with his play calling, and we can’t blame him.
n NO SHOWS FROM THE FANS : Don’t look now, but the Saints are 3-0 after starting last year 0-4. There were lots of empty seats on Sunday. Despite it being the Cardinals, fans need to remember just how bad things were at quarterback before Drew Brees came to town.
- THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS: The Saints were one of five on third down in the first half on Sunday. That number has to be better against the better teams in the NFL. There is no doubt that Payton will have the team work on this during the week.