Three Dat!

Sep 22, 2013 by

Saints LogoThe Saints sit at 2-0 for just the 8th time in their history. The other undefeated teams are Kansas City (3-0), Chicago, Seattle, New England, Houston, Denver and Miami. (Miami faces an angry 1-1 Falcons team this week and the Saints in Week 04. If we both win, next week is going to be a massive game!) The Saints have gone 3-0 just six times; once each under Jim Haslett and Mike Ditka and twice each under Jim Mora and Sean Payton and one of those times led to a big, shiny trophy! But I ain’t sayin’ nothin’ else about dat right now.

Today we face the longtime division rivals the Arizona Cardinals in a series we trail 14-12. Wait, division rivals?! Well, sort of… the two teams first met in 1968 when the Saints moved to the Century Division along with the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and then-St Louis Cardinals. (If you think that’s weird, the ’67 and ’69 seasons had us in the Capitol Division with Washington, Philly and Dallas! It wasn’t until 1970 that the NFC West was formed and we were placed with the Rams, Niners and Falcons!)

While the game looks like a lock on paper, on-field keep an eye out for the Honey Badger! Honey Badger is so nasty! He don’t give a shit! Oh, my GOD! He’s eating a SNAKE!! You’re so NASTY, Honey Badger! But seriously, Tyrann Matthieu will be out there looking to let New Orleans know he’s doing better than well and though I love him to death, I’m hoping for him to have his worst game ever!

Now, On with the numerical frippery!

Garrett Hartley’s game-winning FG (333 – 5th) in the closing seconds of last weeks coronary-inducing contest pushed him ahead of Deuce McAllister (330 – 6th) on the franchise scoring list. Hartley now sits just 21 points behind Marques Colston (354 – 4th). The top three scoring spots are held, of course, by kickers Doug Brien (513), John Carney (768), and some guy named Morten Andersen (1318).

Drew Brees continues his assault on NFL career passing records:
Attempts (6230 – 10th) 31 behind Kerry Collins (6261).
Completions (4087 – 5th) 36 behind John Elway (4123).
Yards (46,598 – 7th) 405 behind Fran Tarkenton (47,003).
TD’s (327 – 6th) 10 behind Tom Brady (337)
Brees will probably move up in attempts and possibly move up in yardage.

On the franchise rushing yard list Pierre Thomas sits just 83 yards (3046 – 7th) behind Ricky Williams (3129) and Darren Sproles (895 – 26th) sits just 2 yards behind Fred McAfee (897). Mark Ingram (1108 – 23rd) somehow passed Tony Baker (1106) by two yards.

Robert Meachem saw his first action since returning to the team but was targeted only once in what turned out to be the Jimmy Graham show. Graham (232 – 13th) is 2 receptions behind Deuce McAllister (234) and his 179 yard game (a record for Saints TE’s, tying the 4th place mark of Floyd Turner for receiving yards in a single game) jumped him (2872 – 10th) past Donte Stallworth (2791) and Wes Chandler (2801) on the franchise receiving yards list. Graham also moved into a tie with Henry Childs on the franchise receiving TD list (27 – 7th).

Darren Sproles (175 – 20th) is 3 receptions behind Torrance Small and 16 yards (1501 – 34th) behind Wayne Wilson (1517). Sproles’ 1500th yard as a Saint came on an 8-yard catch with 47 seconds remaining during the game-winning drive! I can’t think of a better play for that to have come on!

Also on the franchise receiving yards list: Marques Colston (7525 – 3rd) is now just 97 yards behind Joe Horn (7622); Pierre Thomas (1752 – 23rd) passed Andre Hastings (1741) and Lance Moore (3862 – 6th) traded places with Hoby Brenner (3849).

With his 4th franchise interception Malcolm Jenkins moves from a 14-way tie in 56th and into a 10-way tie for 46th, and Cameron Jordan (9 – 31st) had the teams only sack last week moving him out of a 3-way tie with Jonathan Vilma and Darrin Smith and into a 3-way tie with Grady Jackson and Norman Hand.

-M Styborski

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