Packers 29 @ Saints 51: Making the Grade

Quarterback A+


vs GBP / 11.24.08 Passing Rushing
Comp Att Pct Yds TD Rush Yds Avg TD
Drew Brees 20 26 76.9 323 4

This is the worst part of my job. Right here, right now. Trying to come up with enough superlatives to express the sheer transcendant awesomeness that is our quarterback is damn near impossible. Every week I struggle to come up with a fresh, new way to say I love Drew Brees more than Mcrib's. I hope and pray that football fans all over the country know what is going on down here with our boy Brees. And how is Kurt Warner even a slight consideration in the Year of Brees?

 

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Running Back B+


vs GBP / 11.24.08 Rushing Receiving
RUSH YARDS AVG TD REC YARDS AVG TD
Pierre Thomas 15 87 5.8 2 3 34 11.3 0

I am trying so hard to not write an entire post on how Pierre needs to be made more a part of this offense but he is making it so dang hard. Has anything about Pierre Thomas' numbers ever said anything but "give him the ball." I won't give this unit an A until they get a 100 yard rushing effort. 

 

 

Receiving A-


vs GBP / 11.24.08 Receiving
REC YARDS AVG TD
Lance Moore 5 115 23.0 2

vs GBP / 11.24.08 Receiving
REC YARDS AVG TD
Marques Colston 1 70 70.0 1

As usual, with Brees spreading the ball around, seven different receivers had touches. Lance Moore continues to surprise America with his play and he only seems to be getting better. Shockey finally made himself valuable and Colston is on his was back. Finally. The receivers don't get the full A though because of Colston's quick flip.

 

 

Offensive Line B

I'm not sure whether it was a poor effort from Green Bay's defensive line or a great effort on the offensive line's part but the end result was good. Brees had all day and thats because of these guys. Even more of a pleasant surprise was this units run blocking. Pierre had some nice holes to get through.

 

 

Defensive Line B+


vs GBP / 11.24.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Bobby McCray 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0

The official notes in my itouch, which I use to remember things during the games, say "Bobby McCray=beast." I think thats a good summation. I really thought Bobby had about 3 sacks while I sat there in my Dome seat but the stat sheet reads 0. Regardless, McCray had a great game and was in Rodgers face a lot. Sedrick Ellis also had himself a big game as well. Extra points for Man Child's Pee-Wee Herman dance.

 

 

Linebackers B


vs GBP / 11.24.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Jonathan Vilma 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0

Vilma is back! After not showing up at the top of the stats sheet for a couple of weeks, he is back at number one this week. Interestingly enough, Fujita now had a quiet day with only 3 tackles. Maybe one of these games both of them can step up and have big days but its interesting that they seem to alternate when they turn in big performances. Scott Shanle was also very active out there.  

 

 

Secondary A-


vs GBP / 11.24.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Jason David 2 0 2 0 0 2 42 0

Jason David really changed this game. His interceptions allowed for a 21 point 3rd quarter and the insurmountable lead. Everyone in the secondary appeared to play at their highest level. Randall Gay made a couple of great pass breakups, Roman Harper had a diving deflection and Usama Young had some nice hits. It was like everything finally came together on one night. We need more of this for the rest of the season. Kaesviharn's needless and stupid interception in the endzone doesn't earn them the full A. 

 

 

Special Teams B+

Fortunately we didn't have to see too much of Garrett Hartley but he nevertheless remains perfect as a Saint. Pakulak's punting didn't seem to be as sharp as usual. I am really liking Courtney Roby on the kick returns. He's gonna get one, I can feel it!

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