Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans Saints

20
Dec
10

Ravens End Saints’ Streak

Ray Rice Had a Total of 233 Yards and 3 Touchdowns Against the Saints

By Jesse Jones

The defending champions New Orleans Saints had won six straight games coming into Sunday’s matchup in Baltimore, while the Baltimore Ravens are coming off a win in Houston that saw them blow a huge lead late in the game and had to win it in overtime.  So with a pass-heavy team going against an average secondary, as many like to say, it was no wonder that the Ravens were underdogs.

The scoring started early, as the Saints scored on their second possession on a Drew Brees touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to give them a 7-0 lead.  Baltimore responded on their next possession with a 35-yard catch and run from Joe Flacco to rookie tight end Ed Dickson to tie the game.

After a defensive stop, Baltimore drove the ball again and Ray Rice found the endzone on a 10-yard run to give Baltimore the 14-7 lead.  A few plays later, Flacco found Rice in the endzone thanks to a perfect 17-yard throw to give the Ravens a 21-7 lead.  The Saints scored at the end of the half on another Brees-Graham play to cut the lead to 21-14.

The third quarter saw only two field goals, thanks to Le’Ron McClain dropping an easy pass from Flacco that would have given the Ravens a 28-17 lead.  Instead, after three, the score was 24-17 Ravens.

The Saints tied it up early in the fourth, on an incredible tipped ball caught by Lance Moore.  The Ravens responded with a field goal.  With just over two minutes left and pinned in their endzone, the Saints were down only three.  It came down to a fourth down, where Haloti Ngata tipped a pass and Cory Redding intercepted the ball.  Baltimore added a field goal with nine seconds left, and won the game 30-24.

It was very nice to see the Ravens win a game thanks to their defense (even though the game was a shootout).  Flacco played very well, not turning over the ball and throwing for two touchdowns.  The Ravens got back to the running game, as Ray Rice ran the ball 31 times for 153 yards (including a long of 50 yards) and 1 touchdown, and Willis McGahee ran the ball 7 times for 53 yards with a long of 28.  The special teams played well again, setting the Ravens up with great field position and pinning the Saints back.

The Ravens are now 10-4, and thanks to the Jets beating the Steelers, are tied for first in the AFC North.  Baltimore will travel to Cleveland this weekend before hosting the Bengals next weekend.  The Steelers host the Panthers Thursday night before going to Cleveland next weekend.

08
Feb
10

Saints Win First Super Bowl

By Jesse Jones

The New Orleans Saints are your 2009 NFL Super Bowl Champions.

After an early 10-0 deficit in the first quarter, the Saints scored 6 points in the second, followed by an onside kick after halftime that led to a touchdown that put them up 13-10.  After another Colts’ touchdown, the Saints scored a field goal, a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion, and then returned an interception by Tracy Porter for a touchdown.  This put the Saints up 31-17, and that put the game away.

Drew Brees, named MVP, played extremely well, as he went 32-39 (82%) for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns (114.5 rating).  Brees was accurate and didn’t throw any unnecessary throws in the game.  He found his open receivers quickly, and put the ball in places that they could only get it.

Peyton Manning played a good game too (31-45, 333 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 88.5 rating), but it was the interception he threw in the fourth quarter sealed their fate.

In the second half of the game, New Orleans outscored Indianapolis 25-7.

The city of New Orleans has their first Super Bowl, and has something they can celebrate for a lifetime.  Keep rebuilding.

Quick Fact

  • The Colts have played in four Super Bowls (2 as Baltimore, 2 as Indy).  They are now 2-0 in Super Bowls when they wear their white jersey, and 0-2 when they wear their blue jersey.
25
Jan
10

Number Ones Reach Super Bowl

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By Jesse Jones

Unlike the recent trends of the NFL when six seeds would be going to the title game, Super Bowl XLVI consists of two number one seeds, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Saints are making their first trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history.  Their offense is clearly one of the best in the league.  Drew Brees has made the team pass-happy, and they’ve now found out how to effectively use Reggie Bush.  Their defense isn’t one of the greats, but they make enough plays to help the offense.

The Colts are going to their second Super Bowl in four years.  Peyton Manning is the MVP of the league, and has two very good young receivers in Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie.  Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne are a given.  What is surprising to most, is how good the defense has been playing.  They force turnovers, and swarm the ball very quickly.  In order to play effectively against them, you have to make quick, precise decisions.  Now Manning gets a chance to win his second championship in the place where he won his first, Miami, against his father’s team.

***More analysis will be given as the game nears***

05
Dec
09

A Message To Redskins Fans

Drew Brees and the 11-0 New Orleans Saints have been nearly unstoppable. So how in the world can the Redskins compete with this team on Sunday?

By Ben Linton

Dear Redskins Fans,

Before you write off the Redskins for the game this Sunday, as you comtemplate even watching them try to compete with the 11-0 New Orelans Saints, think again. There are some key stats that go in the favor of Washington this Sunday believe it or not.

1. Saints Pass Offense vs. Redskins Pass Defense and Pass Rush– New Orleans has virtually been unstoppable throwing the ball, Drew Brees has 27 touchdowns and 3,117 yards in an MVP like season. But Washington has the second best pass defense (170 ypg) in the league, and with Albert Hanyesworth back from injury, its possible that the Skins can get pressure on Brees, maybe forcing some turnovers.

2. Redskins Offense vs. Saints Defense- If there’s one weakness on the Saints team, its probably in run defense, where they rank 20th in the NFL, averaging 116 yards per game against them. Although Clinton Portis will not play, Rock Cartwright has gotten better and better as weeks progress and is the type of aggressive and tough runner that could give New Oreleans problems. The Saint’s D is average, exactly 16th in the league, but they are a very opportunistic group forcing a lot of turnovers. Once that offense is given a short field, you can lock it up for 6 points. Jason Campbell must take care of the ball for the Redskins to have a shot.

3. Monday Night Letdown- After totally embarassing the Patriots 38-17 last Monday Night, the Saints proved that they are the best team in the NFL right now. But now they have to find a way to get re-focused after a short week and take on the Redskins on the road. After playing about a near perfect game at home, I doubt the Saints can repeat that against the Skins, a team they will be much less pumped to go out and play against.

This post can go either way: It will either be stupid and pointless if the Saints go out and take care of business, or it could incredible and a “I told you so” post if the Skins happen to pull off the upset. All i’m saying is there’s a chance. More than most people will expect. Tune into FOX at 1 pm tomorrow to catch this game.




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