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Saints Quarterly Election: Offensive MVP

We're four down with twelve more to play. The quarter-way point of the NFL season. Since the Saints have a bye week and there's no upcoming opponent to discuss, why not keep the attention on the team.

I've taken the liberty of nominating several offensive players for election as the first quarter's most valuable player. Then later this afternoon, I will post all of the Saints offensive stats through the first four games. Tomorrow, we'll move on to the defense.

And the nominees are:

Drew Brees

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
2009 - Drew Brees 4 108.4 87 129 67.4 1031 257.8 8 9 2 10 12 3 1.2 0 4 39

I know I'm going to get complaints from everyone about how unfair it is to include Drew in the vote because he's already MVP of the universe but he's on the team and he plays sort of an important position. I'll spare you all the hyperbole and just ask you to think about what this offense would be without him. That's what I thought.

Mike Bell

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2009 - Mike Bell 2 45 229 114.5 5.1 23 1 1 9 4.5 9 9 0

How long does it take to recover from an MCL sprain, geez? Mike Bell got the Saints running game started off on the right foot this year with a 143-yard effort against Detroit and set the tone for the incredibly improved Saints rush offense this season. Bell is a huge reason why the Saints currently hold second best ground attack in the league.

Pierre Thomas

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2009 - Pierre Thomas 3 33 212 70.7 6.4 34 3 5 42 14 8.4 36 0

Mike Bell got the ball rolling for the Saints in the rushing department while Pierre Thomas recovered from an MCL sprain. But when Bell suffered the same injury, Thomas was ready to return the favor. PT came back in the second half of the Saints week three matchup against the Bills, putting up an awesome 126 yards in just thirty minutes of play. Did I mention he had a fever? If Drew Brees were voting in this election - and I'm pretty sure that he won't - Thomas would probably be his choice.

Marques Colston

Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
4 17 228 57.0 13.4 32 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Colston has quietly been Mr. Consistent so far this season and no matter what happens, he will always be Drew's favorite target. He leads all Saints receivers right now with three touchdowns and is second on the team in catches and total yards. Certainly worth your consideration.