Special Contribution by NFL Gridiron Gab Featured Author Adrian Mojia
Most of the damage done by the Saints was done by the run game which amassed 195 total yards. Darren Sproles ignited the flame with 2 plays which totaled 50 yards and set up a Lance Moore touchdown. Brees has now gone 36 games with a touchdown pass which puts him 3rd all time in that category behind Unitas and Favre.
My biggest issue with Brees all season has been his extreme reliance on only Graham and Colston and he at least targeted 10 different receivers this week. While he didn’t have to do much with the run game playing lights out, it was a step back into what we are used to seeing from Brees and the offense. The more they spread it out the more effective they are.
The biggest positive is the Saints run attack long term once Ingram returns. Both Ivory and Thomas combined for 133 yards and a score as well as Sproles 42 added with 57 yards in the pass game. The Saints are the favorites to win this division at this point but their secondary will continue to be the biggest weak spot. They lost Tracy Porter early with a neck injury and if it anything long term it could be a further blow to an already weak pass defense.