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Drew Brees Exits with Right Thumb Injury, Saints Fall to Rams 27-9

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The Saints lost Drew Brees to a thumb injury that could determine the outcome of the 2019 season

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After escaping the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a last minute 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans last Monday night, the New Orleans Saints were faced with an even more daunting challenge, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in L.A. in week two of the NFL season.

A low-scoring affair early, the biggest storyline of the game is that quarterback Drew Brees exited the field with a right thumb injury just after two series. He was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater, who showed the rust expected from a quarterback playing his first meaningful NFL snaps in years. At halftime, the Saints trailed the Rams 6-3, in a game that still seemed to be within reach.

In the third quarter, the Rams started pulling away, as the Saints’ offense led by Bridgewater couldn’t keep up with Jared Goff and Sean McVay, while the defense wilted from not having enough help from its offense.

At the start of the fourth quarter, New Orleans trailed 20-6. With Bridgewater doing his best, the Saints would muster another field goal, but the defense was spent and the Rams would add another touchdown to take a 27-9 lead. Down 18 points, the Saints would run their offense to give Bridgewater more reps, but without much success.

In the end, the Saints would fall to the Rams by the score of 27-9. Undoubtedly however, the biggest worry for New Orleans now is the extent of Drew Brees’ injury, one that will likely determine the outcome of this 2019 season for the Saints.

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Here is how the game unfolded:

FIRST HALF

  • The Rams win the coin toss and defer. Saints start the game with the ball and convert a first down, but on a clean pass from Drew Brees to Jared Cook, the tight end bobbles the ball and it is intercepted by the Rams’ safety John Johnson.
  • The Rams take over at the Saints’ 47-yard line, but on 3rd-and-16, Jared Goff finds Brandin Cooks for 57 yards into the Saints’ red zone. Los Angeles gets to the Saints’ 6-yard line but can only muster a field goal. Great stand by the Saints’ defense which stiffened after giving up a big play.
  • NO: 0 - LAR: 3
  • Saints take over at their own 25-yard line and get near midfield but stall and have to punt. On the play, Drew Brees bangs his right hand on Aaron Donald’s hand and has it wrapped on the sideline.
  • Rams take the ball at their own 8-yard line and Jared Goff gets sacked by Cam Jordan, forcing Los Angeles to punt.
  • Saints take over at midfield and Teddy Bridgewater is at quarterback for the Saints. Brees appears to have a thumb injury that will keep him out for the remainder of the game. On the drive, the Saints commit a bevvy of penalties, constantly going backwards and have to punt again.
  • Rams start at their own 14-yard line and go three-and-out and have to punt yet again, as the Saints’ defense plays well again.
  • Deonte Harris returns the punt to the Rams’ 41-yard line. Bridgewater guides the Saints into the Rams’ red zone. but stall at the Rams’ 17-yard line. Wil Lutz ties the game with a 34-yard field goal.
  • NO: 3 - LAR: 3
  • Rams take over at their own 25-yard line and get into Saints’ territory on passes from Jared Goff. A penalty on cornerback Eli Apple gets the Rams in the Saints’ red zone. On 3rd-and-7 from the Saints’ 11-yard line, Goff fumbles on a pass attempt. Cam Jordan returns the fumble for a touchdown, but the referees rule the play dead. Saints get the ball but do not get the touchdown. It’s official: NFL referees are absolutely TERRIBLE!!!
  • Saints take over at their 13-yard line and move the ball up near midfield. On 4th-and-1, the Saints go for it at their own 48-yard line but Alvin Kamara comes up just short.
  • Rams take over at the Saints’ 48-yard line and easily get into the Saints’ red zone with the running game. With 10 seconds to go, the Rams stall at the Saints’ 4-yard line. Greg Zuerlein converts a 22-yard field goal and the Rams lead 6-3.
  • NO: 3 - LAR: 6
  • At halftime, the Saints trail by three, but the biggest news is that quarterback Drew Brees appears to be out for the remainder of the game.

SECOND HALF

  • Having deferred in the first half, the Rams receive the second half kickoff. Rams take over at their 25-yard line. Rams go three-and-out and punt the ball.
  • Saints take over at their 29-yard line, with Teddy Bridgewater still at quarterback and drive into Rams’ territory. Saints stall at the Rams’ 34-yard line and Wil Lutz converts a 52-yard field goal.
  • NO: 6 - LAR: 6
  • After the kickoff, Rams take over at their 25-yard line. Jared Goff finds Cooper Kupp into Saints territory. Rams get deep into the Saints’ red zone on another penalty by Eli Apple, who definitely struggles in coverage. Rams toss the ball to Todd Gurley for a touchdown, the first of the game.
  • NO: 6 - LAR: 13
  • Saints take over at their 25-yard line. Bridgewater gets sacked by Clay Matthews and then by Michael Brockers on back-to-back plays and the Saints have to punt. Rams return the punt to the Saints’ 26-yard line.
  • Rams get into the Saints’ red zone on a run by Malcolm Brown. Jared Goff finds Brandin Cooks for a touchdown.
  • NO: 6 - LAR: 20
  • Saints take over at their own 25-yard line and gain a first down as the third quarter ends. Bridgewater finds Tre’Quan Smith for a 28-yard gain to the Rams’ 20-yard line. Saints stall again and Wil Lutz converts a 42-yard field goal.
  • NO: 9 - LAR: 20
  • Rams take over at their 25-yard line after the kickoff. Jared Goff finds Cooper Kupp who burns Marshon Lattimore for a 66 yards to the Saints’ one-yard line. On the next play, Goff sneaks in for a touchdown to basically seal the game.
  • NO: 9 - LAR: 27
  • Saints take over at their own 25-yard line, but penalties keep driving them backwards. Eventually, they have to punt.
  • Rams take over at their 11-yard line and run the ball with Todd Gurley and bleed some clock before having to punt.
  • Saints take over at their own 22-yard line and stall. Rams kneel and win the game 27-9.

Poll

With Brees injured, what is your outlook on the Saints’ season?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    With games at Seattle, then vs. Dallas next, I’m not optimistic.
    (125 votes)
  • 7%
    Teddy’’s got this, he’ll get better, we’re fine.
    (41 votes)
  • 19%
    Season over, start the mock drafts
    (106 votes)
  • 35%
    It all depends on how long Drew is out, bro
    (197 votes)
  • 14%
    NFL referees suck!!!
    (80 votes)
549 votes total Vote Now