Saints 24 @ Bears 27: Making the Grade

Quarterback 

C

vs CHI / 12.11.08 Passing Rushing
Comp Att Pct Yds TD Rush Yds Avg TD
Drew Brees 24 43 55.8 232 2 1 1 1.0 0

I think we can all admit that Drew has not been playing up to his usual standards. I would never want another quarterback under center but at some point Drew will have to start taking at least some of the blame. It's bad enough to watch the Saints struggle but watching Drew struggle at the same time is just miserable. 

 

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Running Back

B+

 


vs CHI / 12.11.08 Rushing Receiving
RUSH YARDS AVG TD REC YARDS AVG TD
Pierre Thomas 22 87 4.0 1 7 59 8.4 1

It's remarkable that the Saints even ran the  ball 22 times. Definitely glad to see more balance in this offense finally and Pierre looked good as usual out there. Reggie was looking solid as well but for some reason we didn't see him much later in the game. 

 

 

 

Receiving

C-

 


vs CHI / 12.11.08 Receiving
REC YARDS AVG TD
Marques Colston 6 84 14.0 1
vs CHI / 12.11.08 Rushing Receiving
RUSH YARDS AVG TD REC YARDS AVG TD
Pierre Thomas 22 87 4.0 1 7 59 8.4 1

Though Colston dropped a pass and still continues to struggle a bit in that department, he was still a big factor. He caught at least one key third down pass and also caught what should have been the go-ahead touchdown. In case you didn't see Pierre's stats above under "Running Backs" I have included them here again since he was the teams second leading receiver on the night. 

 

 

 

Offensive Line

C

I might be being too nice on these guys. Strief wasn't doing such a great job filling in for Jammal Brown. Two false start penalties from Jahri Evans and Jon Stinchcomb just killed one drive. Bress only hit the ground once but he was scrambling and hrrying all night. The only consolation is the fact that the Saints improved running game might mean these guys aren't so bad at run blocking as we thought. 

 

 

 

Defensive Line

D

vs CHI / 12.11.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Will Smith 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0

Pressure was non-existent much like it's been all season. Then there's Sedrick Ellis...who made the game-losing sack with two seconds remaining in the game. No, that's not a typo. I said game-LOSING sack. I'm really not angry with him as he was only doing what is expected of him but that is the one play that still haunts me the most. It's just...so...AAAHHH!!!!

 

 

 

Linebackers

A

vs CHI / 12.11.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Jonathan Vilma 6 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
vs CHI / 12.11.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Scott Fujita 7 1 8 0 0 1 17 0

There is always a silver lining. Vilma, Fujita and Shanle led the entire team in tackles on the night. Vilma and Shanle were both there to jump on the fumbled snap. Fujita had the huge interception and Vilma nearly had one himself. These guys were just flying all over the field Sunday night and I think this was definitely their best performance of the season as a unit. 

 

 

 

Secondary

D-

vs CHI / 12.11.08 Tackles Sacks Interceptions
SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS YDS INT YDS INTTD
Randall Gay 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 0

Just as I finish glowing about the linebackers, we get to this rag tag bunch of bumbling bafoons. The penalties alone are worth an F. Opposing teams don't even need talented wide receivers just fast guys who can get behind our DB's. The rest will take care of itself. The only bright spot was Bullocks' interception. I know. I can't believe it either. In fact, Bullocks saved these guys from getting an F. Go figure. 

 

 

 

Special Teams

D

The punting and kicking game were fine but the coverage was just pitiful. It's never good to spot your opponents a touchdown before the game even starts. And it's even worse when you follow that up with 109 more yards of kick returns. 

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