Wk 5 Saints 35 vs Bengals 14 SAINTS DEFENSE HELPS NEW ORLEANS JUMP OUT TO AN EARLY LEAD FOR 2ND STRAIGHT GAME New Orleans, LA - Savage Mason Reporting One week after a devastating loss in front of the home crowd, the New Orleans Saints came back looking to make the next team pay. The Bengals came in riding a hot hand as they were 3-0 and looking to add another W in the Win Column. Saints worked on their offense all week long and Coach Nate put them through a grueling practice schedule. "That lose was the worse lose of my career. I was embarrassed and so should they have been. It was pathetic to lose when up 31-3." The problem for the Saints, and this week would be no different, is the Defense has played extremely well - at times. Almost to the point where its hurt them offensively and defensively. The defense has put up points and turnovers so fast and so often the past 2 weeks that defensively they would go into a prevent defense and offensively they would shut it down. "That will never happen again as long as I am the coach here. We will never embarrass any one, but we are going to play from whistle to whistle." The first quarter Saints would get the ball first and get a nice drive going with Keller looking very good and strong today. Bengals would not quit though and sack English on a 3rd and short to force a punt. Both defenses played great to begin this game and the Saints too would force a punt after a sack and a few batted balls. The scoring would start on one of the better punt returns that you will ever see. Miller took the Bengals punt back 76 yards, bobbing and weaving in and out of traffic, along with some nice blocks, to start the scoring. 7-0 Saints. Saints would get the ball back on the first of many fumbles from the Bengals. The bengals rbs weren't getting hit sticked, but were simply struggling holding onto the ball. English would find no one covering Keller who ran a wheel route for an easy 8 yard TD pass play. Keller almost stumbled and fell the play was so wide open. 14-0 Saints. End of the first: First Quarter (NO) J.Miller, returned punt 76 Yds(G.Hartley kick), 5:20 (NO) J.Keller 8 Yd pass from J.English(G.Hartley kick), 1:50 Early in the 2nd quarter and the Saints defense would strike again. Bengals had a very good drive going in the redzone of the Saints before Boss Bailey hit the Bengals RB Ware, causing a fumble which was scooped up by LB Barnes and bought back 83 yards for the Saints TD. 21-0 Saints. After a few trade offs of punts the Saints would finally get to drive. English would make a perfect read and find 2nd round rookie WR Blansit for a 15 yard TD. Blansit has his best game as a pro. 5 catches 75 yards and a TD. He has proved his worth of a 2nd round draft pick and replaced a guy on the other side of the field this game in Edwards. Edwards was held to only 2 catches as after being the Saints 2nd leading WR last season, he decided to leave for the fat contract after turning down a huge contract from the Saints. Who got the better of that deal? Saints 28-0. Halftime: Second Quarter (NO) A.Barnes, returned fumble 83 Yds(G.Hartley kick), 7:20 (NO) M.Blansit 15 Yd pass from J.English(G.Hartley kick), 3:57 The Bengals would get the ball to start off the 2nd half, and Ward, who was benched after 2 fumbles, was back in the game. Bengals got something going with their slot wr and Ward. They would finally hit pay dirt with Ward from 1 yard out after a huge pass and catch that got them down to the 1. Saints 28 - Bengals 7. Saints would get the ball and put it in Keller's hands to seal this game and run out the clock. As time was expiring in the 3rd quarter Keller would punch it in from 2 yards out to make it 35-7 Saints. End of the 3rd: Third Quarter (CIN) D.Ward, 1 Yd run(S.Graham kick), 4:58 (NO) J.Keller, 2 Yd run(G.Hartley kick), 0:41 The 4th quarter would see the Bengals score again, this time 18 yards from Palmer to Caldwell to end the scoring at 35-14 Saints. Saints, different from last week, would NOT let off the gas this time. 'We didn't run our normal offense, but we didn't shut it down like vs the Rams. We weren't going to let this one get away. The Bengals were 3-0, we couldn't afford to lose another bad game.' Saints would kneel the ball inside the 10 yard line and turn it over, but Barnes would pick Palmer off on the next play to wrap up the game for the Saints. End of the Game: Fourth Quarter (CIN) A.Caldwell 18 Yd pass from C.Palmer(S.Graham kick), 6:14 Here is the scoring recap: First Quarter (NO) J.Miller, returned punt 76 Yds(G.Hartley kick), 5:20 (NO) J.Keller 8 Yd pass from J.English(G.Hartley kick), 1:50 Second Quarter (NO) A.Barnes, returned fumble 83 Yds(G.Hartley kick), 7:20 (NO) M.Blansit 15 Yd pass from J.English(G.Hartley kick), 3:57 Third Quarter (CIN) D.Ward, 1 Yd run(S.Graham kick), 4:58 (NO) J.Keller, 2 Yd run(G.Hartley kick), 0:41 Fourth Quarter (CIN) A.Caldwell 18 Yd pass from C.Palmer(S.Graham kick), 6:14 Here are some highlights from the game: [youtube]cVD93mnsBqg[/youtube] Miller Punt Return TD [youtube]bVPzbzbfBFs[/youtube] English to Keller TD [youtube]ZmJKpL4ZHaM[/youtube] Barnes FB Recovering Return TD [youtube]Av1SWBGtFOE[/youtube] English to Blansit TD [youtube]GQj7Wm1fygw[/youtube] Barnes INT Saints pick up a big time win against a big time team in the Bengals. Saints bounce back, but have a long trip, up hill, to go to win in the NFC South. As for now, they simply stay in the hunt. Next week Saints have a bye week and will be looking to hit the practice field to stay warmed up for the up coming NFC South Divisional games. Player of the game: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS DEFENSIVE UNIT Lead by LB Barnes (1 int, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 td) and LB Bailey (1 int, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, 4 tackles) the Saints defense for the 2nd game in a row helped the Saints jump out to huge early leads. The Saints defense is one of the top units and have really helped the Saints compete in every game. Also noted was Rookie DE Meaweather who is in the top 5 of the OMFL in sacks, and for the 2nd straight game had 2 sacks.