Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saints draw first blood, Dome rockin'
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints didn't even need a huge play on that first drive. They absolutely dominated the Giants at the line of scrimmage in making it 7-0. And the running of Pierre Thomas almost seemed to catch the Giants by surprise. I thought it was important for the Giants to take the crowd of it early -- but that's not happening. Saints are up early, and the crowd's going nuts before every Giants snap.
The Giants came out and threw the ball on their first three snaps. Big drop by tight end Kevin Boss. I'm a little surprised the Giants didn't come out and try to establish the running game with Brandon Jacobs early. They finally got to him on second-and-long -- and he did a nice job.
On third-and-3, Manning tried to dial up Domenik Hixon on a deep post, but Saints cornerback Jabari Greer made knocked the pass away. Really nice play by Greer in single coverage. Pass may have been completed if Manning had put a little more on the pass -- but I'm not sure.