SIDELINE PATROL: Saints, Brees look impressive in opener

Peter Silas Pasqua
Peter Silas Pasqua is the sports editor for the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at

After a weekend of rain filled football, it was nice to see the game played indoors Sunday in the Superdome as the Saints beat Detroit 45-27.

Just when you thought he couldn’t top himself, there he was again throwing for a career-high six touchdowns. That’s right, Drew Brees opened the season where he left off. Chasing records.

Brees, the 2008 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, fell just 16 yards short of breaking Dan Marino’s single-season passing yardage record and now he may have his eyes set on another. The single season touchdown passing record of 52 set by Tom Brady.

Heck, by the time I tuned in Sunday, Brees had already thrown two touchdowns. But seriously, as I heard the announcers describe Brees’ expression when someone asked him if he is a perfectionist, I couldn’t help but think this man could be one of the most productive to play the game at the quarterback position before it is all said and done.

Brees is only 30 years old and I am not sure he has reached his prime, yet. He just keeps getting better every year, every game and every down. Let’s face it. The man throws a perfect ball and we all want to be him on Sunday afternoons.

I?had to watch the second half with my dad. Although the Saints were in command throughout, they were forced to overcome adversity along the way and that is when they play their best.

It looks like Mike Bell can fill the role left by the departure of Deuce McAllister after rushing for 143 yards on 28 carries and Jeremy Shockey looks in rare form wearing a Burberry hat in post game interviews after catching two touchdowns following injury plagued seasons. 

Brees’ options are endless in Shockey, Marques Colston, Devery?Henderson, Lance Moore,  Robert Meachum   and even fullback Heath Evans, and his protection has remained nearly the same with the likes of Jammal Brown Jahri Evans, Jonathan Goodwin and Jon Stinchcomb. And, if Reggie Bush can only hold onto the football, the Saints will be fun to watch this year.

Not cutting the defense short, New Orleans intercepted rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford three times. Darren Sharper had two of his own as mainstay linebacker Scott Shanle had the other. All in all, the defense allowed just an average of 4 yards on 58 plays. And now, the Saints’ defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith, the faces of the organization for the longest time, will not be threatened with suspensions this season for suspected banned substance use.

These are our Saints now and we all know how good they can be. Growing up as a little kid, you always dream of playing football watching 30-year-old men bash their heads in but when you become 30 yourself, you still want to be just like them. I will be 29-years-old  Monday. I may go looking for a Burberry replica to go with my Brees’ Christmas jersey. I kind of like wearing funny hats to work.