The season inches closer as we jump into week 2 of the Premier Madden League preseason. Your New Orleans Saints just recently came off a preseason week 1 win where they dominated in ball control. The Minnesota Vikings who went to the NFC Championship came into town with some new faces and ended up on the wrong side of a 28-14 score. Even though it is just preseason it was very exciting to see the New Orleans Saints offense running on all cylinders. Even the defense played exceptionally well against a strong offensive team.
Next up on the Saints radar is Houston’s own, Texans. An AFC opponent that has religiously provided some hassle for the New Orleans team. Last season they played in a week 1 matchup during the regular season where the Texan inched away with a 27-22 victory. This season the Texans roll in with mostly the same squad they had when they first played the Saints. Most notably this is only a preseason matchup which means most starters would see a limited role to make sure that everyone goes into the season fresh and ready to go.
The roll this preseason for the Saints continued against the Houston Texans. Drew Brees was on the field for a drive or two but after that it was the Kyle Allen show. Allen played most of the game going 12 for 19 with 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was all in all a great game for the second year pro. Making strong reads and getting the ball out quickly. It didn’t start off pretty though as he went 2 for 7 in the beginning. Since he didn’t see the field week 1 it may have been some first game jitters.
Rookie Kennedy Brooks put the spotlight on himself once more as he finished the game leading the team in carries and total yardage out of the backfield. Brooks finished the day with 9 rushes for 48 yards and 3 receptions for 13 yards. Which gave him a total of 61 yards from the line of scrimmage. The only other player to have that much yardage was star wide receiver Michael Thomas who was on the field for a limited role.
Michael Thomas was one of the stars of the show this week. Even though it’s only the preseason he managed to perform at a higher level. In short time on the field he did his damage. The star wide receiver had 4 receptions for 61 yards. Showing some great promise with the heir apparent in Kyle Allen. Mashing with the young quarterback can be key going forward. Especially if Drew Brees retires after this season.
Another star on the receiving end was tight end Josh Hill. Hill is someone that’s been on the chopping block for a while now. With the emergence of “Bucky” Hodges and having Jared Cook on the roster it’s been a tough place for Josh Hill to see any playing time. The veteran tight end did make his opportunities count this week though. Hill only caught 2 passes for 37 yards and both went for touchdowns. He’s gonna be fighting for a final roster spot as the preseason comes to and end and this performance helps him in the long run.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is pushing for a starting spot in the defense. The young safety once again leave the game with an interception. An interception that he took straight to the house to help separate the Saints from the Texans. Which makes it two straight games with an interception. Which currently leads the team this preseason. He also had a pass deflection in the game as well. It’ll be interesting to see how this position battle develops in the long run.
All in all it was another good week for the New Orlean Saints. After a rough season last season and not making the playoffs. This is the type of stuff fans want to see. The defense is playing hard and the offense continues to control the ball. It’ll be interesting to see what the future brings. But first they have another preseason matchup against division rivals in the Buccaneers.