OFFENSE: It was a day of sparse offensive production for the New Orleans Saints, especially considering some of the field position and opportunities it was handed by the defense. The Saints did a good job of not forcing anything, but never seemed to get on track against the Giants. But, that said, receiver Willie Snead IV caught his third touchdown in the first two games, a 17-yarder from Drew Breesthat pulled the Saints into a tie at 10. Snead caught five passes for 54 yards, and again he was as clutch a receiver as Brees had Sunday. Neither defense allowed much in the run game, and neither was willing to give up much of anything deep, so Snead worked well underneath and gave the Saints some production.
DEFENSE: I won't do this for another game this season, I promise to be more decisive in the future. But for the Giants game, put a collective helmet on the Saints defense and affix a sticker to it. It allowed three field goals, forced three turnovers (fumbles forced by safety Kenny Vaccaro, cornerback Ken Crawleyand linebacker Michael Mautiand recovered by cornerback De'Vante Harris, linebacker James Laurinaitisand defensive end Paul Kruger), produced two sacks (Mauti and Cam Jordan) and did just about everything it was asked to do. On fourth-and-2 from the Saints' 3, cornerback Sterling Moorebroke up a pass in the end zone and when the Giants were first-and-goal from the 1, the Saints produced three straight stops to force New York to settle for a field goal. Only 64 rushing yards allowed on 32 carries, after surrendering 167 rushing yards to Oakland in the season opener. Job well done.
SPECIAL TEAMS: We know this sticker won't be going to the field-goal unit. The Giants' block, and subsequent touchdown return, of Wil Lutz's32-yard attempt in the first half was a 10-point swing that, on the scoreboard, turned out to be the difference in a 16-13 game. Coach Sean Paytonwas none too pleased about such a breakdown occurring in the second week of the regular season. But there wasn't much negative to be said about the job of punter Thomas Morstead. He punted seven times for a 54.7-yard average, had three downed inside the 20 and his three touchbacks were punts that had chances to be downed inside the 5. Honorable mention to receiver Tommylee Lewis, who, in his first NFL game, returned two punts for 27 yards, including a 21-yarder.