NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Whereas the Saints are driving a six-game successful streak and sitting atop the NFC South, their resourcefulness and resilience shall be examined in upcoming weeks.
A 27-13 victory over San Francisco on Sunday was a expensive one when it comes to accidents that affected quarterback Drew Brees, left sort out Terron Armstead, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and others.
Whereas coach Sean Payton declined to touch upon any accidents till the primary harm report of this week is due out Wednesday afternoon, an individual aware of the scenario stated Brees has a number of rib fractures and likewise was identified with a collapsed lung. The particular person spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of the Saints haven’t launched any specifics on Brees’ analysis.
Brees is predicted to overlook a number of video games whereas his lung and ribs heal, which means the offense will now be primarily within the fingers of Jameis Winston, who was chosen first total by Tampa Bay within the 2015 NFL draft.
Throughout his 5 seasons with the Bucs, Winston was as mercurial as he was prolific. His statistics final season had been a living proof. He handed for five,109 yards and 33 touchdowns, but in addition threw 30 interceptions. His lack of consistency and penchant for dangerous throws led the Buccaneers to pursue former New England QB Tom Brady final offseason and let Winston go.
When Winston signed a one-year take care of New Orleans, he stated he did so with a willingness to function a backup and refine his recreation whereas studying from Payton and Brees, who’ve shaped some of the prolific coach-quarterback tandems in NFL historical past.
Now Winston is taking a team-first strategy to how he talks about his objectives when he is underneath middle rather than the injured Brees.
“My principal job’s to serve my teammates, and assist put us able to win a soccer recreation,” Winston stated. “All of us combat on this factor collectively.”
Winston was 6-of-10 passing for 63 yards and led two scoring drives that resulted in 10 insurance coverage factors within the second half of Sunday’s victory.
Brees, who watched from the sideline, stated after Sunday’s recreation that he although Winston “did nice.”
“He had nice command of the huddle and every part, type of went off and not using a hitch,” Brees stated. “Clearly, nothing’s excellent. However, I assumed he made some nice throws. I assumed he made some actually good selections and clearly took benefit of the alternatives that got.”
When Brees missed 5 video games final season after having hand surgical procedure, the Saints gained 5 straight with Teddy Bridgewater as starter. So there’s precedent for New Orleans’ potential to maintain successful with out their record-setting beginning QB.
In the meantime, the Saints’ depth additionally might be examined at defensive again, offensive line and tight finish due to Sunday’s accidents.
However they do not sound involved — at the very least, not but
“That is the NFL, folks get damage on a regular basis,” Saints proper sort out Ryan Ramczyk stated. “And it’s one thing it’s a must to play by means of.”
The Saints run protection ranks second within the NFL, permitting 76.8 yards per recreation for the season after yielding simply 49 yards speeding towards the Niners.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The passing recreation. Winston might have to develop timing and chemistry with receivers in brief order to maintain New Orleans’ successful streak going. The Saints had a complete of 123 yards passing of their victory over the 49ers, with Brees accounting for greater than half of that earlier than he received damage. The Saints’ victory was their first with fewer than 125 yards passing because the 2006 season.
Security Malcolm Jenkins has an interception in every of his previous two video games.
Rookie proper guard Cesar Ruiz, drafted within the first spherical out of Michigan final spring, was blocking Road on the play by which Road gained his matchup and received his clear and injurious shot on Brees.
Brees was solely one in every of quite a lot of Saints injured Sunday. Receiver Tre’Quan Smith and tight finish Josh Hill each left Sunday’s recreation with concussion signs. Armstead appeared to injure his proper ankle. Defensive sort out Malcom Brown injured his calf. Lattimore had an indirect harm.
4 — The variety of consecutive seasons by which the Saints have had six-game successful streaks. It is the primary time within the historical past of the membership, which was based in 1967, that it has had successful streaks that lengthy that a few years in a row. The Saints had beforehand gained six straight in every season from 2009 to 2011 — additionally through the Payton-Brees period that started in 2006.
The Saints host the Falcons on Sunday earlier than two straight street video games at Denver and Atlanta.
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