By the Way

By the way, the Saints were terrible — did I see you at the game?

Marvin Clifford and David Clifford get on the field before the Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 New Orleans Saints football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Marvin Clifford and David Clifford get on the field before the Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 New Orleans Saints football game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Courtesy

The preseason is over for the New Orleans Saints after Thursday’s 23-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, bringing their preseason record to a shoulder-shrugging 0-4.

But, it’s just the preseason, right? We totally have time to get it together before the Sept. 11 showdown with the Las Vegas, I mean, Oakland Raiders.

If you’re a Saints fan, check out Brian Allee-Walsh’s coverage at SunHerald.com.

Here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s game:

Saint Drew (Brees) made an appearance in the final game of the preseason, which is pretty unusual. He finished 3-for-6 and he had a nice pass to receiver Willie Snead IV. And that was that. I didn't even think Brees was on the sidelines during the second half. He was probably at home watching those thrilling matchups between Appalachian State and Tennessee and South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Former Alabama running back and Heisman winner Mark Ingram had some good runs during the first quarter. He looked healthy, and that’s a good thing. Once again Brees’ protection looks pretty dismal, so you can expect to see Ingram getting a lot of carries.

What else looked promising?

They made two field goals, so the kicking game was on point. Oh yeah, the Saints converted two points as I was walking out of the Dome into heavy rains and winds.

So, there’s that. The defense had a couple of sacks, but otherwise they looked meh.

But, again, it’s only the preseason. It’s great to see ol’ “what’s his name?” and “he’s still here?” and “who the heck is that?” step in and play some sandlot ball. There were decent performances from “let me look him up on the roster” and “I hope they cut him” and “that guy at whom I just screamed obscenities.” He had a great night in multiple roles.

In the end, it’s always a great time to be in the Dome, except when the Saints are losing. Remember when they never lost at home? Ah, the good ol’ days.

But I did enjoy running into a lot of folks from the Coast.

I saw “why can’t I remember his name?” and “there she is” and “isn’t that the guy from that place?” and “is she one of my Facebook friends?” — I was so glad to see them all.

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