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Here a few things that stood out. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsRunning the ballSean Payton and the Saints came out with a heavy dose Willie Roaf Jersey of runs in an attempt to tire out the Baltimore defensive line. On the opening drive alone, they ran 13 times as they were able to take over ten minutes off the clock. They would run the ball a total of 39 times. Kamara got the most rushes with 17 for 64 yards and Ingram added 32 yards on 12 runs. Brees and Taysom Hill added a few runs of their own. They were able to tire out the Baltimore defense and it was evident by the bigger runs the defense gave up later in the game. Offensive LineThe offensive line was able to do just enough to limit Baltimore’s defense to only one sack, even though they gave up a few pressures and hits on Brees. They were already starting off minus one starter and back up at guard, and to make matters worse, the backup starting in place of Andrus Peat, Josh LeRibeus, went down as well. Cameron Tom seemed to do a decent enough job with not much of a drop off once he entered the game. Hopefully this unit can get back to full health quickly, especially with Minnesota coming up next week. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsAggressive Sean PaytonThe aggressiveness of the play calling, especially on the opening drive, was vintage Payton. It started with a direct snap to Taysom Hill on a fake punt, and continued as they would go for it on fourth down three more times on that drive. Even though they weren’t successful in putting points on the board https://www.thesaintsfanshop.com/Rickey-Jackson-Jersey , it still set the tone for the rest of the game. Payton knew he would need touchdowns to win, and his aggressiveness would pay off in the end.Ben Watson and Dan ArnoldIt appears this team has another ageless wonder besides Drew Brees in tight end Benjamin Watson. He was able to haul in 6 receptions for 43 yards including Brees’s 500th touchdown pass. Watson was also able to convert on a third down and nearly converted another one but was a foot short. Dan Arnold made his first reception of the year on a nice back shoulder pass from Brees. He was able to beat out the hyped up undrafted free agent Deon Yelder in the preseason, but had not appeared in any games until week 5 against Washington. Hopefuly he will continue to improve and perhaps become the go to guy down the seam that this offense has been lacking so far this season. Michael ThomasEven on “quiet” days Thomas continues to show why he is a top 5 wide receiver in the NFL. He really is unarguable on slant passes, and his release at the line of scrimmage is ridiculous. You can see that on this late game first down reception. He will continue to wreak havoc on secondaries, and with Tre’Quan Smith continuing to ascend there is no reason to think he will be slowing down anytime soon. [Saints fans: Take our weekly Saints survey, 3 quick questions a week]It wasn’t pretty whatsoever for the New Orleans Saints, but somehow they escaped with a 21-18 victory over the lowly Cleveland Browns in Week 2 to pick up their first win of the young season. Despite the win, head coach Sean Payton was quick to point out how unhappy he was, and that was the general mood of the team’s locker room. Here’s a few winners, losers, and honorable mentions from Sunday.WinnersMichael Thomas didn’t get off to a good start at all, putting the ball on the ground. However Morten Andersen Color Rush Jersey , Thomas rebounded and turned in a a stellar 12-catch, 89-yard, 2-touchdown day. Thomas was targeted 13 times total, and actually set an NFL record that was previously held by Andre Rison for most receptions (26) through the first two games with 27 total. Defensively, the Saints had a much better showing than Week 1. Obviously, that may not have been too hard to improve upon, but the front seven looked better overall and played with some real getup. Marcus Williams getting the first turnover of the year was key for the team’s comeback, and he nearly scored after interception Tyrod Taylor. Overall, the team had six tackles for loss.LosersZane Gonzalez might have been the subtle MVP of the day for the Saints, as he missed two field goals and two extra points. I don’t believe I’ve ever witnessed a game where a kicker missed that much, especially in the Superdome. The Saints offensive line got bullied a good bit, as it led to three sacks on Drew Brees. They also went just 3-of-12 on 3rd down Bobby Hebert Jersey , which was just horrendous. The short yardage situations were where they probably missed Mark Ingram the most, but it was also in those blitz packages where Ingram is also strong.Payton talked about the 4th down touchdown given up to Antonio Callaway with Ken Crawley in coverage, and he said that is something that just can’t happen with the defensive call they had in place. Of course, we can’t just overlook the Ted Ginn Jr. fumble either. That’s negative turnover margin is not going to fly.Honorable MentionsTaysom Hill really does it all. It’s insane to think a backup quarterback is being used as a special teams ace and kick returner. Payton said in the post game press conference that they just tried Hill on special teams returns during the week, and his first and only return was 47 yards. What’s next for him?Both A.J. Klein and Demario Davis led the Saints in tackles, finishing with a combined nine each. Overall, the linebacker play was better. Cameron Jordan picked up 2.0 sacks on the day, and Sheldon Rankins also added another. Marcus Davenport put in some solid work on defense, along with Alex Okafor.Whether it was good or bad, who stood out the most to you?

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