Jim Henderson Commentary: Saints fall to Vikings in season opene - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Jim Henderson Commentary: Saints fall to Vikings in season opener

FOX 8 graphic FOX 8 graphic
(WVUE) -

New Orleans is a drinking town. It doesn't take much encouragement for us to do so. Just a couple of meaningless pre-season wins has us lifting our glasses of Kook-Aid to a new season and the improvements we saw just just enough of to be certain they would be in full display come the regular season. 

The pass rush would be much improved. One sack of Sam Bradford. Little pressure. The best game of his career. Tighter man-to-man coverage in the secondary. 

No passes defended beyond the linebacking corps. On throws 15 or more yards downfield, Bradford 9-of-10 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Saints now had an abundance of talent at running back. 

The three running backs - Peterson, Ingram and Kamara, shared the ball equally and equally ineffectually. Eighteen, seventeen and 18 yards rushing.

Based on just last night, Kamara is not the second coming of Marshall Faulk after all and Adrian Peterson is no the second coming of Adrian Peterson. What did an unhappy Brandin Cooks say last year when he was upset with his lack of involvement? "It's the open mouth that gets fed." How long will those hungry for more of the football remain closed? 

But as Drew Brees pointed out afterwards, it is just one game, one of 16, one of eight in enemy territory. It would be a good time to take on a team in your home opener that has the quarterback with the lowest completion percentage in the NFL after Week One. A team that just gave up 42 points. The most the coach of that team has ever surrendered at his current job. 

A team that is off to an 0-1 start. Just 2001, 2003 and 2014, when Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick would go on to win Super Bowls. 

No time in a short week to dwell on the past. We're on to New England, like it or not. 

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Covington and Hahnville win to set up Class 5A clash

    Covington and Hahnville win to set up Class 5A clash

    Source: Jarrod MonaretSource: Jarrod Monaret
    The two most prolific rushers in the New Orleans metro area are set to clash in the Class 5A Quarterfinals after Covington beat Ouachita Parish and Hahnville got past Ruston. The Lions survived a late comeback to win 35-28 while the Tigers endured two missed field goals by Ruston to win, 23-21. Covington's Devin Brumfield rushed for two touchdowns and even passed for one to quarterback Josh Alfaro. He remains committed to Texas Tech while Kansas commit Anthony "Pooka" Willi...more>>
    The two most prolific rushers in the New Orleans metro area are set to clash in the Class 5A Quarterfinals after Covington beat Ouachita Parish and Hahnville got past Ruston. The Lions survived a late comeback to win 35-28 while the Tigers endured two missed field goals by Ruston to win, 23-21. Covington's Devin Brumfield rushed for two touchdowns and even passed for one to quarterback Josh Alfaro. He remains committed to Texas Tech while Kansas commit Anthony "Pooka" Willi...more>>
  • Class 4A: Edna Karr, Lakeshore and Easton moving on

    Class 4A: Edna Karr, Lakeshore and Easton moving on

    Source: Chris Hagan, FOX 8Source: Chris Hagan, FOX 8
    Edna Karr's state title defense got a stiff challenge from Carver Friday night as the Rams' swinging gate offense kept the Cougars guessing much of the night before Brice Brown's team eventually prevailed, 40-35. If the Cougars can get past Northwood in the quarterfinals, they'll face the winner of Warren Easton-Woodlawn. The Eagles dominated North Desoto, 54-0, thanks in large part to Lance Legendre, who accounted for four touchdowns. Class 4A's #2-seed Lakeshore continues their Ci...more>>
    Edna Karr's state title defense got a stiff challenge from Carver Friday night as the Rams' swinging gate offense kept the Cougars guessing much of the night before Brice Brown's team eventually prevailed, 40-35. If the Cougars can get past Northwood in the quarterfinals, they'll face the winner of Warren Easton-Woodlawn. The Eagles dominated North Desoto, 54-0, thanks in large part to Lance Legendre, who accounted for four touchdowns. Class 4A's #2-seed Lakeshore continues their Ci...more>>
  • Newman QB Martin Butcher accounts for 4 TD's, Greenies win big 37-7 over STA

    Newman QB Martin Butcher accounts for 4 TD's, Greenies win big 37-7 over STA

    Butcher threw three touchdowns, this one to Dylon Hill. Source: Nola.comButcher threw three touchdowns, this one to Dylon Hill. Source: Nola.com
    Newman quarterback Martin Butcher threw three touchdown passes, and ran another in, helping the Greenies steamroll St. Thomas Aquinas 37-7. Butcher connected with Murray Calhoun on a 40-yard touchdown, a 30-yard and 3-yard score to Dylon Hill. Butcher's quarterback keeper came from three yards out. The Greenies improve to 11-0 on the season, and host Catholic-New Iberia in the Division III semifinals. Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.more>>
    Newman quarterback Martin Butcher threw three touchdown passes, and ran another in, helping the Greenies steamroll St. Thomas Aquinas 37-7. Butcher connected with Murray Calhoun on a 40-yard touchdown, a 30-yard and 3-yard score to Dylon Hill. Butcher's quarterback keeper came from three yards out. The Greenies improve to 11-0 on the season, and host Catholic-New Iberia in the Division III semifinals. Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.more>>
Powered by Frankly