Saints Drown Under Bridgewater: Rams 2-0

Widely regarded as one of the most exciting rematches of the 2019 season, The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints met again this Sunday in Week 2 on the 2019 NFL season. grudge match.

Fans in New Orleans watched their beloved Saints fall to the Los Angeles Rams (again) in much more lackluster fashion than last year’s NFC Championship game.
Sep 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) tackles New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the 3rd quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Right is Los Angeles Rams defensive end Dante Fowler (56). Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

After an early injury to QB Brees’ throwing hand thumb, he remained out for the entire second half, and could be out for multiple weeks ahead. This news could be devastating to the Saints’ playoff chances, and it was made clear in the second half why a loss of Brees is detrimental to the Saints’ offense in its functionality and effectiveness.

With Teddy Bridgewater coming in as the backup, the Saints’ offensive efforts were futile in every facet. Alvin Kamara was neutralized as a contributor to the offense from the start, which forced an unsteady hand in the passing game for Bridgewater. Connecting on 17/30 attempts for under 200 yards, he did play well however for being brought in cold off the bench. But without Brees, the Saints’ offense was a shell of itself, and couldn’t find the endzone through the air or on the ground. Although injury often casts a deceiving shadow, this performance could be indicative of the ever nearing future of Saints football without Drew Brees. Without the perennial pro bowler, their offense may be in more trouble than it seems.

For the Los Angeles Rams, this was far from the statement win they desired in this matchup. Although coming out on top decisively, the asterisk of Brees’ injury forces the win to be treated with far less prestige moving forward. The key takeaways from their effective and balanced offensive attack was Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown splitting carries to spell each other with an energized fourth quarter performance, and the daunting defensive line that now complements Aaron Donald. Clay Matthews, an offseason pick up from the Green Bay Packers, attained his second sack as a Ram, proving to be a strong addition to an already dominant position group for the Rams. Moving forward, it’s clear the Rams have the talent to find their way to the playoffs again. Without a pressing weakness, it’s difficult to see them faltering aside from unforeseeable injury. If nothing else, this game proved to themselves their win in the NFC Championship a year ago was no fluke, and their already playing a similar caliber of football early in the 2019 season.

Los Angeles Rams wide reciever Cooper Kupp, right, stiff-arms New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore after making catch during the fourth quarter. September 15th, 2019 (Wally Skalij/ Los Angeles Times)

With another loss to the Rams, the missed pass interference call from a year ago will likely continue to hang over this season for the Saints. The Rams look ahead optimistically, shedding their Super Bowl hangover quickly, and gearing up for what looks to be another push for a ring under Sean Mcvay.

No Shenanigans, Just football.

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