Saints continue to win despite their offensive struggles
New Orleans Saints’ head coach Mike Ditka knows how to win, especially with a below average offense. He did it many years in Chicago and now he’s doing it with the Saints.
The Saints improved to 6-2 (1st place in the NFC West) with a 24-21 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday in the Superdome despite 140 total yards from his offense. QB Billy Jo Hobert replaced an injured Heath Shuler and he did just enough to keep the Saints on the winning side.
The Panthers held a 21-17 lead late in the 4th quarter until DB Dwayne Washington picked off a Kerry Collins pass on third down and raced down the sidelines 34 yards to the Panthers 3-yd line. On third down on the Saints’ offensive possession, Hobert scrambled and dove into the endzone for a 5-yd TD rush to give the Sanits’ the victory.
The Saints also got a pick-six from CB Eric Allen early in the 2nd quarter and a kickoff return from Eric Guliford of 100 yards for a TD. The Saints’ defense sacked Collins three times and forced four Panthers’ turnovers.
The Saints will try to keep it rolling next Sunday as they host the 49ers in an NFC West Showdown! The Panthers, who have lost four consecutive games, will try to get back on track against the Falcons on next week’s Sunday Night game.
Saints outduel the Falcons
The New Orleans Saints have been the surprise team of the 1st half of the 1997 season. With their 30-20 victory over the Falcons in the Superdome on Sunday, New Orleans is now 5-2 on the season and atop the NFC West standings.
The Saints got into a scoring duel with the Falcons and surprisingly came out on top. Heath Shuler, marred by an injury, gave way to the Billy Jo Hobert, but combined, the two QBs were 18-30 for 250 yards and 2 TDs.
As for the Falcons, two costly turnovers prevented them from winning this game. Terrence Mathis fumbled the ball, which led to a Saints’ TD and then Chris Chandler threw an interception late in the game that led to a Saints’ FG to ice the game.
Next week, the Saints will have an NFC West opponent in the disappointing Carolina Panthers, while the Falcons take on the Niners in another NFC West clash.