The Saints really controlled this game from the get go. Not a whole lot of positives for this game.
The defense did a pretty good job making plays when we needed them. Late in the game, they did a good job getting the offense the ball back by putting clamps on the Saints offense.
Schaub struggled throughout the game, making poor decisions, and inaccurate throws. He made what seemed like a lot of rookie mistakes, his interceptions, the safety. He and the offense never got into a rhythm the entire game. The offensive line didn't do a good job opening holes for Dunn, who basically only had a few good runs. The Saints lines controlled both lines of scrimmage. The secondary gave up too many. Where is the coverage? People were making bad breaks on the ball or just losing their man outright. Our receivers dropped a lot of passes, which also hurt Schaub's performance. Special teams allowed a rare return TD which firmly put the momentum in the Saints favor.
The hit that the umpire suffered where he was crushed by about 5 Saints and a couple of Falcons. That was a nasty gash on his head.
I think taking this game in stride, it was Schaub's first start, and it looked like it. There were a few instances where Schaub looked sharp, but they were few and far between. But I think next week (assuming he starts), he will be better prepared. If he can make better decisions, since he threw far too much in double and triple coverage, and didn't put the ball in the best place to catch the ball a lot, but if he can cut down on those things, then I think we can beat the Seahawks next week. But the offensive line will have to do a better job blocking up front, since it will be mostly up to Dunn and t he running game to get the job done. I also think the defense has gotten progressively weaker as the season has wore on. The run defense and pass defense look more porous and are doing more breaking than bending, IMO. They still are getting things done, and getting turnovers, but our offense needs to do a better job capitalizing on these breaks.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.