Halftime thoughts on Saints-Chiefs

September, 23, 2012
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The New Orleans Saints aren’t dominating, but they’re winning 10-6 at halftime against Kansas City.

When you’re 0-2, that’s a good step. The Saints still have a full half to go and nothing is guaranteed. But, if they can keep playing this way, they’ll keep their season alive. If they somehow let this slip away, they’re 0-3 and in deep, deep trouble.

But, if you go just by what we’ve seen in the first half, the Saints should be safe. Their defense, which struggled mightily in the first two games, suddenly is playing well. Give the Saints some credit for that, but it also needs to be pointed out that Kansas City’s offense has been dismal.

The New Orleans offense still hasn’t gotten into the rhythm it was in for the past few years. Quarterback Drew Brees has been under a lot of pressure by a defense that’s known for its ability to bring a lot of pressure.

The Saints really had a chance to pad their lead at the end of the first half. But what was first ruled a touchdown catch by Pierre Thomas was reversed. Brees was then sacked, forcing a field goal attempt. Garrett Hartley missed that field goal.

The Saints need to keep playing defense the way they have been. More importantly, they need to do a better job of protecting Brees and getting the offense on track.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the Saints in the comments section below. I'll be back with a wrap-up soon after the game ends.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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