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Monday, November 5, 2012
Halftime thoughts on Saints and Eagles

By Pat Yasinskas

There’s a very strange game going on in New Orleans and I’m not just saying that because the Saints, who have struggled most of the season, are leading the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-3, at halftime.

The Saints are doing some things (running the ball and playing a little defense) well. But I’m not so sure the Saints are nearly as good as the Eagles are making them look. Philadelphia has made some terrible mistakes and now I see why coach Andy Reid is on the hot seat and there’s been talk about benching quarterback Michael Vick.

New Orleans cornerback Patrick Robinson, who has struggled all season, intercepted a Vick pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Saints also have gotten running backs Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory, who hadn’t done much of anything prior to this game, involved and they’ve been producing some nice runs.

The Saints haven’t been dominant, but they’ve been opportunistic. The game is in their hands and they have a good chance to get to 3-5. That would be enough to keep their slight playoff hopes alive.

Colleague Ashley Fox is at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and she'll provide a Rapid Reaction soon after the game.