Sunday, December 12, 2010
Halftime observations on Saints, Rams
By Pat Yasinskas
NEW ORLEANS -- Some halftime observations on the game between the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams. The Saints lead, 21-6.
- The injury to New Orleans special-teams ace Courtney Roby just before the half didn’t look good at all. It appeared as if he got hit in the head with a knee. The Saints didn’t tend to him with just the training staff. They brought the team doctors out there pretty quickly. Roby was carted off on a stabilizing board. He did move his hands as he was wheeled off the field. I’ll let you know if we get any update on his condition. But, for the moment, let’s just all hope for the best for Roby.
- This one started off pretty much the way you would expect. The Saints jumped out to a quick lead and they’ve controlled the game. But there have been a few times they’ve done that this year and, then squandered the lead and had to fight back to win. That happened against Dallas and Cincinnati and the interception Drew Brews threw with 2:48 left in the second quarter helped set up a St. Louis field goal with 1:42 left in the half and the New Orleans lead was trimmed to 14-6. Then, the trend seemed to continue as the Saints lost a fumble. The Rams were driving late in the first half. But that’s when the momentum came swinging back to the Saints. Safety Malcolm Jenkins picked off a pass, returned it 96 yards for his first NFL touchdown and the Saints now lead 21-6.
- Rookie tight end Jimmy Graham remains a work in progress. But you can see very tangible progress. He’s making some plays and coach Sean Payton seems to be gaining confidence in Graham and figuring out new ways to use him. The upside with Graham, who spent most of his college years as a basketball player, is huge.
- Running back Pierre Thomas is playing for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in late September. As you might expect, the Saints are working him in gradually. Thomas is rotating with Reggie Bush and Chris Ivory. So far, he’s carried twice and caught three passes.
- I get a little frustrated sometimes when people say the Saints don’t have a true No 1 wide receiver. They absolutely do. That guy is Marques Colston, who has two touchdown catches today. Colston’s numbers aren’t gaudy, but that’s because the Saints have so many other options and Brees is so good at spreading the ball around. But I’d put Colston up there with just about any receiver in the league.