Jeff Gross - Getty Images
Studs and duds for the New Orleans Saints following their heart breaking 28-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Drew Brees did all that he could to put this team in position to win. An 80-yard bomb to receiver Joe Morgan gave the team their first lead of the game. They just couldn't hold on to the win, or the ball, on the drives that followed. Drew completed 35 of his 54 pass attempts for 446 yards and three touchdowns. He tied Johnny Unitas' record with 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Colston finally showed up this season. Minus a couple drops, he had an amazing game. He was the go-to guy on third down and finished with 9 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Have the Saints just found their deep threat receiver? On Morgan's only target of the game, he turned it into an 80-yard touchdown pass. He looks promising for the future.
P-Rob had an interception that couldn't have come at a better time. The offense could only muster a field goal from it, though.
I hate to put Sproles in this column because he had a fairly good game, but he made two glaring mistakes. The first was his fumble on the kickoff return. It was clearly a fumble, he's just lucky that the refs missed the call and the Packers happened to not have any challenges. The second mistake was on 3rd and 4, when he dropped a pass that would've been good for a first down. The drive would've been extended and at least gotten Hartley closer for a field goal attempt. Sproles finished with 5 receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown through the air, and 5 rushes for 20 yards.
The Offensive Line
The line improved a good bit in the game against the Packers, but they still haven't played up to par. Brees was sacked twice and hurried all game. Penalties hurt this squad as well.
I really feel bad for this guy. He is a great kicker and has a long career ahead of him, but he just is too inconsistent in the clutch. He made the first go ahead field goal attempt from 43 yards, but it was nullified by a holding call. He then caught a break by getting moved five yards closer from what would've been a 53-yard attempt. His nerves got to him, as he slightly pulled the 48-yard field goal. That's two weeks in a row he missed two crucial kicks. But nevertheless, the loss of this game definitely should not be put on his shoulders. I guess we will wait and see what happens to the Saints' kicking duties.
Ingram was again a non-factor in the game. He had 5 rushes for 11 yards and 1 reception for -1 yard. I think it's time to put this guy in street clothes on game days.
Even though they got two turnovers this game, the defense just couldn't cash in on important downs. They allowed a 50% third down conversion rate and 80% red zone efficiency. If these guys could just make one more defensive stand a game, the Saints would be in better shape. Allowing 421 yards to the Green Bay Packers certainly doesn't help matters either.