- Brees was oustanding, per usual, but I can't understand the decision on 3rd and 7 with 1:44 left to throw for the life of me. The Titans were out of timeouts and if you run the ball, you can punt and give them back the ball with well under a minute left. Not only was the play call poor on that down, the execution by Brees was incredibly uncharacteristic. That was just poor all the way around. He's lucky that wasn't intercepted, and why trust throwing a ball to Ivory who hasn't caught a pass all season long in that situation???
- The game featured 19 penalties between the two teams, most coming in the first half. Many were legitimate, and others were exaggerated calls by a clearly flag happy crew. Ironically there were a few penalties (Malcolm Jenkins hitting a receiver early on the opening possession) that went unflagged. The crew was out to take control of this game and the result was a 6-3 halftime score. Painful to watch.
- Jed Collins and Jermon Bushrod had 5 penalties between them, at least. Horrible.
- Courtney Roby had 5 tackles on special teams by my count. What an oustanding day in coverage. A couple of those were very tough plays in the open field.
- Will Smith was very good and had a sack.
- The interior defensive line, without Sedrick Ellis, deserves a game ball. They were terrific on the interior all day long dominating in the trenches. Rogers and Franklin both were excellent, and Franklin was the one responsible for that 4th and 1 stop late in the game.
- Chris Johnson finished with 11 carries for 23 yards. The Saints completely shut him down.
- Tracy Porter can't tackle to save his life.
- Will Herring was beaten on numerous long passes over the middle of the field. Sometimes he was on Nate Washington. Why, God, why?
- While Jake Locker's accuracy was poor, I was impressed with his ability to get out of the pocket and make plays. The guy is a gamer and I wouldn't be surprised if the Titans were ready to go with him the rest of the way.
- Matt Hasselbeck hurting his calf probably saved the Saints in this game, hate to say it. While Locker got hot late, his accuracy on timing routes with open receivers was not good.
- Darren Sproles must have had close to 200 yards worth of gains called back by penalties.
- Malcolm Jenkins came up with some big hits in this game and was a sure tackler as the last line of defense.
- Isa Abdul-Quddus has been on the field in center field on some plays and that experiment is not really working out.
- Marques Colston was targeted 7 times. Result? 7 catches, 102 yards, 2 touchdowns.
- Jimmy Graham had back spasm issues and was clearly affected by it but he went out and competed hard. He finished with 5 catches for 55 yards and should have had a touchdown. Give him credit for being tough as nails.
- Ivory had some nice runs but he was kind of up and down. He didn't get north and south enough for my taste and too often tried to bounce things outside. Still, he did a decent job filling in for Ingram.
- If Mike Carey never refs another Saints game I'll be a happy man.
- Gregg Williams' prevent where he blitzes DB's and drops linebackers into coverage on receivers needs to stop. Immediately. He is fooling no one and it's a liability
I'm shocked that you didn't AGAIN mention Pierre Thomas' lack of touches. He is amazing. Also, I agree about the refs, although in the second half they seemed to chill out. Someone may have had a few words during halftime. As for the D, I'm with you. Porter needs to tackle, Greer keeps getting better, and the line actually did shake em up out there. I want Jenkins to get some picks!!
As much as I hate to say it. Grahams TD was not a TD. One of the pins under his shoe hit one white gras straw... They show it in between plays, zoomed in, 1 or 2 plays after the play stood.
I think the refs got a call at gakftime to be less nitpicking. The game improved immediately. And indeed some stuff got past then. Like a facemask by the saints nr 54 at tge stopped 4th and 1.