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New Orleans Saints toss Arizona Cardinals from nest, 31-7

The New Orleans Saints defense continued to shine in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.

The New Orleans Saints defense continued to shine in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.

After two weeks in which they had not looked impressive, the New Orleans Saints (3-0) offense came alive, putting away the Arizona Cardinals (1-2) by a score of 31-7. Despite missing running back Mark Ingram, safety Roman Harper, and right guard Jahri Evans, New Orleans is sitting pretty with a two-game lead atop the NFC South.

First half

On the opening drive of the game, Arizona drove 80 yards to score on a three-yard touchdown run by running back Alphonso Smith. That would turn out to be their only score of the game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees responded with an opening drive punctuated by a beautiful 27-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Robert Meachem. It was Meachem’s first catch back in New Orleans after spending a less-than-stellar year in San Diego.

With 2:52 remaining before halftime, Brees connected with tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone on a 16-yard jump ball to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

Drew Brees celebrates his 7 yard TD run.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates his seven-yard touchdown run.

Second half

The defense continued to play lights out, keeping Arizona scoreless in the third quarter as the offense mustered a field goal to go into the fourth quarter up 17-7. The lone mistake happened deep in Arizona territory, when Brees tried to force a touchdown pass to wide receiver Lance Moore but was picked off by rookie cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

An team that had struggled to put teams away in the first two games finally succeeded in Week 3.

Drew Brees kicked off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run.

Under constant duress all day, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw a pick to rookie defensive back Kenny Vaccaro, the first of Vaccaro’s career. Spearheaded by the defensive end duo of Junior Galette and Cam Jordon, the defense got to Palmer 13 times, including four sacks and nine hits.

The festivities ended with a touchdown catch by Jimmy Graham, followed by an interception by cornerback Keenan Lewis to seal the deal.

Cam Jordan and the Saints defensed harassed Carson Palmer all game.

Defensive end Cam Jordan and the New Orleans Saints defensed harassed Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer all game.

Fast facts

  • Drew Brees threw for 300 yards for the eighth straight game — one off his NFL record of nine.
  • Jimmy Graham hauled in nine passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 19 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns the last two weeks.
  • New Orleans is 3-0 to start the season. The last time they accomplished this was in 2009, the year they won the Super Bowl.
  • Jahri Evans missed his first game of his career. The All-Pro guard has started in every game since being drafted in 2006. The last game the Saints went into action without him as the starter, Aaron Brooks and Todd Bouman were calling the signals.
  • The Saints defense gave up just 247 total yards, registered four sacks and two interceptions, and forced eight punts.

Next week

The New Orleans Saints must defend the friendly confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from the equally high-flying Miami Dolphins (3-0) on Monday Night Football.

1732 comments
BeerLion
BeerLion

Got damn it, Burleson was having a legit year as a number 2.  He was on pace for over 100 catches and 1200 yards.  

LaCW
LaCW

Best week pick wise. When 12-4. 1-3 in the NFCN. 

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

There are a lot of big matchups this weekend. Including a couple of matchups between 0-3 teams.

Jeff_Schulz
Jeff_Schulz

So... Peyton has already won the MVP?

 ЯD
ЯD

"Single-car accident" is often copspeak for "suicide attempt." I would be curious to know the details in Burleson's case, especially if alcohol were not involved.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

Damn. I lost FF by 1.28 points. I had a lead going into last nights game, and  I got caught by a defensive player on Monday night.

$50 Fiddy 50$
$50 Fiddy 50$

ALright!!!!! I cant even be on here cause of an ad to my right that is showing some squeezing his belly fat. LOL  That has got to go!!!!

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

I have been to over 30 Saint games in my life,and they have won maybe 5,so yesterday I sold my 2 tickets for Monday Night's game with the Fins,they don't need my bad luck on next Monday.

niemerg1
niemerg1

@BeerLion why do you keep using the German word (misspelled) for God?

rocketman6969
rocketman6969

@Nardolicious Proof this guy didn't even pay attention to all the games:

18. Atlanta Falcons - So many injuries to overcome especially on defense where they struggled to rush the passer before people got hurt.

The Falcons just had 5 sacks against the Dolphins.

LaCW
LaCW

@Nardolicious Wait till the Bears win their 7th game and then lets see what happens. 

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

@Viking Pig  

LKP ran him off the road, in order to have an excuse for losing to the Bears this weekend.

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

Well, he is a Lion and he's under contract..... There's only one way out. 

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

@Viking Pig 

Are you just pulling this out of your ass, or did you read something?

BatKitty
BatKitty

@LSU4LIFE The Panther's have only won 1 game that I've been to, I'm blaming that on their suckiness though.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

@LaCWrestler @MIBearFan  

I guess that's the only 0-3 v 0-3, but a lot of the games will have desperate teams scrapping for wins.

 ЯD
ЯD

I have talked to cops that said many, if not most, single-car accidents they deal with are in reality suicide attempts.

BeerLion
BeerLion

Think of Samuel L Jackson pronouncing it "got damn it" in an annoyed voice and you'll have a good approximation of how it sounded from my dad.

 ЯD
ЯD

I've never heard it said that way except in Germany.

niemerg1
niemerg1

@Viking Pig depends what time a day...i have fallen asleep at the wheel before

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

@CONCHS333 @LSU4LIFE I have supported this team for 26 yrs,and have put enough money in their pockets,so one game is not gonna me,I will be at the Cowboys Sunday Night game.