In a game in which both teams committed five turnovers and attempted eight field goals, the first touchdown wasn't scored until the third quarter. The Black and Gold managed to hold on to win despite several strange situations and poor play.
Many individuals will respond by claiming "but they had all camp to build that chemistry"—which is true—and they did. But creating camaraderie in camp and finding a rhythm in the game are two whole different things. The Saints will need to fix their offensive problems as soon as possible.
Now, Penning missed nearly all of 2022 due to injury, so I assume he's still adjusting to the NFL. I sincerely hope he can be excellent, but I'm beginning to doubt it.
Derrick Henry was only allowed to gain 63 yards on the ground by New Orleans, and Ryan Tannehill was only able to complete 200 passes while tossing three interceptions. The defensive line was successful in applying pressure, the linebackers excelled in both coverage and pass rush, and the secondary stepped up when crucial plays needed to be made. Even though it's only Week 1, there have already been a lot of impressive performances from this team that have led some observers to predict a remarkable season.