NEW ORLEANS -- I’m heading downstairs for interviews and will be back in a bit with much more. But first, here’s Rapid Reaction on the New Orleans Saints’ victory against St. Louis.
What it means: I can’t say it was New Orleans’ best game of the year because the Rams aren’t the best of measuring sticks. But this one was pretty encouraging. The Saints put together a solid game in all areas, which is something they’ve had trouble doing much of the year. If you can do that it December, it’s a pretty good sign that your season is headed in a good direction.
Rising star: One reason the Saints should be good for the foreseeable future is that general manager Mickey Loomis seems to have developed a knack for looking a few years down the line when he’s drafting, and the Saints keep adding young impact players to their roster. The latest example is safety Malcolm Jenkins. A first-round pick last year, the Saints brought Jenkins along relatively slowly as a rookie and played him at cornerback. This year, the Saints moved Jenkins to safety and you can see him blossoming. He picked off Sam Bradford and returned the interception 96 yards for his first career touchdown Sunday. Jenkins also had an interception in the fourth quarter.
What I didn’t like: Overall, Drew Brees had a pretty good game. But he threw two interceptions. Brees now has thrown at least one interception in nine straight games. This guy hasn’t suddenly turned into Jake Delhomme. But it’s a little concerning that a guy who was virtually flawless last year is making mistakes on a pretty regular basis.
What’s next: The Saints face a big test next Sunday. They have to go on the road to Baltimore. Some people like to say the Saints are a classic dome team. Well, December in Baltimore rarely resembles dome conditions.