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What we learned: Stubhub Center is no amusement park but Saints made 36-7 win vs Chargers fun to watch Things had not been going well for the Saints by the end of the 1st quarter.Mixed in with an entertaining 4th down stop by the defense that saw safety Marcus Williams and corner Ken Crawley combine for perfect coverage on Chargers receiver Mike Williams was a Drew Brees interception on a throw into double coverage to Ted Ginn Jr. and some shoddy run defense that allowed the Chargers to march their way to a 7 point lead.Then the fun started to happen.On 4th and 3 from their own 32 [url=http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-sheldon-rankins-jersey]Color Rush Sheldon Rankins Jersey[/url] , Sean Payton in typical Sean Payton fashion would call for a fake punt that saw Taysom Hill take a direct snap for 7 yards on the way to the Saints first 1st down of the night with 1:59 left to go in the first.It not only showcased a talent for making plays with his feet that the QB would put on display later in the game but more importantly is showed us the type of trump card that Payton will have at his disposal during the regular season.This would lead to a drive that culminated in the Saints trio of playmakers, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Michael Thomas touching the ball 6 times on 7 targets for 58 yards culminating in a 2 yard score by Kamara from the goal-line. Sean however wasn’t finished being aggressive and called for a 2 point conversion to Thomas that capped the entire momentum swing off with, you guessed it, MORE FUN.Drew Brees would finish his night 7-9 for 59 yards and an INT but with a one point lead over the Chargers on their home field. Had the game for whatever reason ended at that moment, he would have been a winner even if his statistics didn’t inspire that assessment.Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn would later confirm something we already knew.The Saints defeated the Chargers because they have a middle class! 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The overall play of the unit brought back memories of another effort from a different era – a different team that also had coordinator Dennis Allen on it’s coaching staff.There was just a dramatic flair about how this team went about winning last night that stoodout as the window for another championship that Payton and Drew keep referencing looked to be in clear view last night.They’ve got a big play offense lead by Brees and a play-caller with gargantuan kahunas along with an opportunistic defense that can force turnovers and get stops when needed in key moments. 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That’s five seasons, and even though Brees has said he would like to play until age 45, it’s more unlikely than likely to happen.It’s a good thing career rushing stats are probably the last thing Brees cares about as he pursues several more important tasks at hand. Among them, position his team for the playoffs, win his first MVP, and win his second Super Bowl.It’s perhaps more likely than we think. [url=http://www.nflshopoutlet.com/cleveland-browns]Custom Cleveland Browns Jerseys[/url]
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