The Cardinals' offensive line had no answer for the Saints' defensive front; Rob Ryan didn't even need his exotic blitzes to get pressure on Palmer (not that it stopped him from calling them). Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and linebacker Junior Galette should have paid rent they were setting up shop so often in the Cardinals' backfield. Galette in particular gave left tackle Levi Brown fits all game.
After surrendering a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, the Saints' defense forced eight straight punts followed by two interceptions to end the game.
What else we learned:
1) What else is there to say about Drew Brees? The Saints quarterback notched his eighth straight 300-plus yard passing game. He ended with 342 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Brees is so much the center of the Saints' offense that before the game's final drive he also was leading the Saints in rushing yards.
4) Converting third downs again were a struggle for the Cardinals. After starting the game three of four on third down they went two of nine. Failure to gain yards on first down was a big reason for those woes.
6) Mathieu struggled some against Graham and Co., but made a spectacular interception in the end zone on the opening drive of the second half. He certainly has NFL ball skills.