Sunday, October 18, 2009
Halftime observations from New Orleans
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
NEW ORLEANS -- Some halftime observations on the game between the Saints and Giants.
Are the Saints the best team in the NFC? In the NFL? I’m going to hold off on saying that until this one’s over. That’s just because I remember last year’s loss to Minnesota so well. But I think this New Orleans team is very different than last year. In other words, I don’t see them blowing this lead.
- Can’t wait to hear Jeremy Shockey after the game. If this game keeps going like this for Shockey and the Saints, I’m sure he’ll have some very interesting things to say about his former team.
- The more I see of Jermon Bushrod at left tackle, the more I’m amazed at how well this guy is doing with Pro Bowler Jammal Brown out for the year. Saints might have found a true sleeper in Bushrod.
- Darren Sharper has been drawing a lot of accolades in the New Orleans secondary. No doubt, they are well deserved. But I’ve been real impressed with cornerback Jabari Greer in the first half. I think signing him in free agency was a very good move.
- Linebacker Scott Fujita suffered a lower-leg injury in the first half. Saw him on sidelines with the leg heavily wrapped. If this is anything serious, let’s start the rumblings -- again -- about signing Derrick Brooks.
- Drew Brees now has 100 touchdown passes since he’s been with the Saints. Only Aaron Brooks (120) and Archie Manning (115) have thrown more for New Orleans. Heck, at the rate Brees is going, he might pass those guys in the second half.
- Anybody else think it might be time to start mentioning Marques Colston as a top-five receiver?