- I predicted prior to the game that Jimmy Graham would catch the record setting touchdown, but I also mentioned that I was secretly hoping Devery Henderson would get it. Well, I'm glad my prognostication skills were incorrect. It's nice to see the former LSU speedster get a memorable moment in franchise history, he deserves it.
- Henderson was fantastic, Colston was even better. With Lance Moore out and Jimmy Graham hobbled and ineffective, Colston stepped up and took over. He had a couple drops and was well covered on some targets, but his 9 catch 131 yards 3 touchdown performance was one for the ages. Colston eclipsed Joe Horn for the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history with this game as well. Props to the most underrated receiver in the NFL.
- Pierre Thomas once again played with the kind of spunk and tenacity that is his calling card. Once he lost his helmet fighting for extra yards. How can you not love that guy?
- Joe Morgan reverted back to his old self, looking lost and dropping footballs. Horrible.
- Greg Camarillo came out of nowhere and got a few huge 3rd down receptions that moved the chains. Not a game changing performance by any means but he was a useful asset in the passing game which came as a surprise.
- For the second consecutive game the Saints could not run the football at all. 21 carries for 53 yards and a 2.5 yard average. As big of a threat as the passing game is alone, they have to do better than that. That is just shameful with the players they have. Credit Aubrayo Franklin in the trenches, it was tough sledding down there.
- The defense was once again very poor. They gave up 6.5 yards per carry, Philip Rivers threw for 354 yards, and the Chargers got plays in huge chunks. While they were able to get some timely sacks and an interception, which were great, it wasn't much of an improvement honestly. Make no mistake, even with this win the Saints looked real bad defensively.
- The one thing that I felt at least gave them a chance was Spagnuolo blitzing like crazy. Numerous times the defense sent 5+ guys at Rivers. Yes the corners in single coverage got burned BADLY several times but it did yield 5 sacks and an interception. I'll take that over the slow bleed to death defense we saw prior to this week. Let's face it: the Saints are giving up huge chunks of yards either way.
- Something looked wrong with Jared Gaither at the end of the game, the left tackle for the Chargers. He hurt his team by staying in because clearly he couldn't move and it cost the Chargers any chance at a game tying drive.
- The play of the game was a roughing the passer penalty on the Chargers that gave the Saints new life. Brees threw a pick 6 on that play that would have put the Saints down 17, and instead the offense got new life still down 10. If that roughing doesn't occur the game might have been over at that point. Neither team was the same after that play.
- Corey White is atrocious in coverage. I don't know what the solution is because Jabari Greer got hurt again. Hopefully it's not serious because White is a massive liability out there.
- Will Herring is horrible in run support. Teams are just running right at him and he is getting destroyed on blocks. David Hawthorne can't come back healthy soon enough.
- Mark Ingram's pass protection is laughable.
- It's hard to believe the Saints did so well offensively when you consider Lance Moore was out, Jimmy Graham had one reception, and Darren Sproles played poorly. Crazy.
- Junior Galette and Martez Wilson finally beat some lineman one on one and created some pressure in obvious passing downs. Those two need to play more. That said, Wilson needs to work on his boneheaded penalties.
- That kick returner Richard Goodman for the Chargers is going to break one any day. He is scary fast.
- Robert Meachem toasted the Saints for 2 TD's. I would have been disgusted in a loss, but since the Saints won I am happy for him. I wish Meach nothing but the best, he was a great player for the Saints.
- Roman Harper got an interception, the first by a Saints' safety since December of 2010. You knew once that happened a win tonight was a must.
I think the saints did not believe anymore. The whole team did not. However the int got the D some courage and the W was good for the whole team. They can now rest for a week knowing they are on the right path to become a winning team. So I think there is still something good left. Too bad it came after 0-4. But hey a 12-4 record will get em in the playoffs for sure. Though... That is hard to believe. (they would be 2/185 counting the 2 0-4 teams this year)