In a game that the Saints should have and really needed, they totally choked on Sunday, losing 16-10 to a team that has not been in a playoff race for a month in a half in the Washington Redskins. New Orleans turned a steller offense into mush on Sunday, putting up just 62 yards between superstars Reggie Bush and Deuce McCallister. The two also combined for just six catches for just 39 yards. Give the Skins defense credit, but it was the Saints that laid the egg in this one. Coming off a huge road win last Sunday night against the Cowboys, New Orleans played like a team that thought they could just take the field and walk off with a win.
Jason Campbell did not make the big mistake that could cost the Skins the game. He also helped out with a big play, a 31-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss that gave the Skins a 10-0 first quarter lead. He ended the day going 13-for-28 for 204 yards and a score. He did not throw a pick, and the offensive line did a nice job, allowing just one sack and opening holes for 161 yards on the ground, a 5.2 yards per carry average.
Drew Brees, a guy that has been named as a possible MVP on this site numerous times, was not very good. He threw the ball 38 times, connecting just 21 times, and had just 207 yards with a pick. He was not as explosive as he was, and it just seemed as if the Saints played this one like a team playing a week 17 game with every possible thing they could have clinched possible clinched. He was not helped by more than one dropped pass.
Sean Payton also has to be concerned about his defense that allowed 354 yards, 161 on the ground. They were not able to get much in the way of pressure on Campbell, and allowed close to 6 yards an offensive play for the Skins. Now its back to the drawing board for the Saints, who still have games at the Giants and at home for Carolina in weeks 16 and 17. They wanted a first-round bye, but instead after Sunday have to now be more concerned about just winning a first-round game.