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, Calif. (AP) — Cornerback Marcus Peters criticized himself for playing poorly when his Los Angeles Rams lost at New Orleans last weekend.That doesn’t mean Saints coach Sean Payton can say anything about it, however.Peters reacted sharply in the Rams’ locker room Thursday when asked about postgame comments by Payton in which the veteran coach said the Saints liked the matchup of receiver Michael Thomas going against Peters, a former Pro Bowl selection. Peters also claimed Payton said something to him or his teammates during New Orleans’ 45-35 victory.“Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that (expletive),” Peters said. “We’re going to see him soon. You feel me?”New Orleans sent the Rams (8-1) to their first defeat of the season with a 487-yard offensive game last Sunday.Thomas caught 12 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown, none bigger than the 72-yard touchdown catch on which he burned past Peters to seal the win. All told, Thomas made six catches when Peters was in coverage on him.“They were going to travel Marcus to him, and that was fine by us,” Payton said afterward. “We thought we really liked that matchup, a lot.”Peters repeatedly blamed himself for having a bad game, and he refused to echo defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ claim that he had put together a poor scheme that didn’t help Peters.After a few seconds to think about it Thursday, Peters had more to say about Payton.“Yeah White Josh LeRibeus Jersey
, because I liked what he was saying on the sidelines, too,” Peters said. “So tell him, keep talking that (expletive), and I hope he sees me soon. And then we’re going to have a nice little bowl of gumbo together.”Peters didn’t elaborate on what Payton said on the sideline, but that delicious dinner date is a distinct possibility for January.The Saints (7-1) and the Rams are the only one-loss teams in the NFC, putting both on track for first-round postseason byes if they can maintain their outstanding starts.Los Angeles hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. It’s hard to be too critical when the Saints have the best record in football and are in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed in the NFC.Still, it was a roller coaster of a game, especially in the first half, with plenty of “Ups” and “Downs” along the way. Here are a few that stood out:Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesUp: DefenseThe defense as a whole had what could be considered their most dominant performance of the season, if not the past decade plus Josh LeRibeus Jersey 2019
, against the Carolina Panthers last night.Vonn Bell looks like a player who is taking massive strides in his third year now. Demario Davis cements himself as one of the best linebackers in the NFL right now. PJ Williams has shown massive improvements in the slot as the year has gone on. Marshon Lattimore played tight coverage all game, forcing Cam Newton to not even look his way on the majority of the Panthers’ passing plays. Eli Apple has seen a career resurgence in New Orleans. The Saints defensive line, led by Cam Jordan, caused pressure on the Panthers all night long. All in all, the Saints defense held the Panthers to seven points of offense (coming on a gadget play on fourth down), under 250 total yards of offense, 13 first downs, sacked Newton four times, and forced two turnovers, including this great play by Apple in the end zone:Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesDown: OffenseThe Saints offense struggled in just about every way imaginable last night.The Saints couldn’t move the chains on third down. Injuries depleted an already struggling offensive line. Costly penalties kept the Saints behind the sticks at every turn. Secondary receivers couldn’t get open. When they would get open, they would drop the pass. Personally Womens Marcus Davenport Jersey
, I have the utmost faith in the Saints offense to start rolling again once they’re back in the Dome, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later. Ted Ginn Jr and Terron Armstead can’t get back fast enough.Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesUp: Defensive play-callingJust like it was one of the best games of the year for the New Orleans Saints defense, it was one of the better games for Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen.For the first time all season, the Saints’ opponent didn’t find immediate success with their pre-scripted plays. Allen also went full-Gregg Williams, calling multiple (and different) blitzes all through the game, forcing Cam Newton to make quick reads and rush throws. When throws were made, Allen avoided a lot of the soft zone defenses, and played tight man coverage almost the entire game.If this is a sign of things to come from Dennis Allen, it could be huge for the Saints.Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesDown: Offensive play-callingOn the flip-side, Sean Payton needs to step his game up and in a hurry.It’s inexcusable to not be running the ball in the 3rd quarter when the Saints were finding so much success with it in the first half. The shovel pass to Taysom Hill in the first series was absurd. The play call on the two-point conversion was a poor one as well - if anything, that is where you should be seeing Taysom come into the game. Then Tre'Quan Smith Jersey White
, with the game on the line, and a roster that includes the likes of Drew Brees, Ben Watson, Michael Thomas, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, and the aforementioned Taysom Hill, you put the game in the hands of Tommylee Lewis? No, no, Sean. The Saints defense bailed out a bad night for the Saints offense and Sean Payton. Let’s just hope we’re back to seeing playoff-caliber Payton when we’re back in New Orleans.