Jim Henderson / Eyewitness Sports Director
Sunday the Saints and their fans showed the visiting Bears and theirs true southern hospitality. They invited Jay Cutler to “sit a spell” and he did – six times.
Through two games, the Saints have dropped opposing quarterbacks eight times – the most ever in the first two games of any season under Sean Payton and also since Gregg Williams’ arrival.
Cutler was left dazed and confused as he connected on only 19 of 45 passes through the air – 42 percent. It was the second-lowest completion percentage of his career.
Meanwhile, Drew Brees was connecting on a picture-perfect 79-yard touchdown strike to Devery Henderson. It was Henderson’s fourth 70-yard-or-more reception, the most in Saints’ history.
For Brees, it was the 12th 70-yard touchdown pass of his career, tying him with Joe Montana. Only Brett Favre has more.
In Miami, as the Dolphins were falling to 0-2. Reggie Bush was getting seven touches and averaging three yards per touch. It apparently took one game last week for Tony Sparano and the Dolphins to realize that he simply isn’t an every down back. Less isn’t more, though they’d like to think so. Less is simply less.
When it comes to his successor here – super Smurf Darren Sproles – more is more. In two games, Sproles has been wise in his decisions and decisive in his actions. He’s returned four punts for 93 yards and a touchdown – more yards and more touchdowns than Reggie accumulated in 14 returns all of last season.
His 12-yard average per touch in all phases of the game is nearly three yards better than Reggie averaged here his last two seasons.
That’s not to denigrate Reggie. It’s only to elevate Sproles, who has already proven to be a durable and complementary piece to the Saints’ complex offensive puzzle.
And many others deserve compliments as well, such as a Saints offensive line that permitted just a single sack of Drew Brees and limited Julius Peppers to a single tackle.
It appears Saints’ fans were as hospitable in victory here as Bears fans were inhospitable in victories there. They sat back and savored and stood up and cheered a thoroughly impressive victory.
It left Saints fans with no choice but to grin and Chicago fans with no choice but to Bear it.