Monday, 18 October 2010 15:37

New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons Tied With Atlanta Falcons In NFC South

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staton1How national media saw game New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers game:

Pat Yasinskas, "The say that water seeks its own level and the Gulf of Mexico got back to normal balance Sunday as the "slumping" Saints looked like champions again and the "red-hot" Buccaneers no longer looked the surprise team of the season. With Atlanta losing to the Eagles, the Saints and the Falcons each are 4-2 and the Bucs are 3-2, but you can see the NFC South will probably be a two-team race."

Saints Postgame Notes

•         The Saints improved to 4-2 on the season and will move into a tie for first place in the NFC South with the Falcons if Atlanta falls to Philadelphia.
•         New Orleans has a 22-15 record all-time against Tampa Bay, a 5-4 record since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006.
•         New Orleans had a season-high 475 total net yards, including a 2010-best 212 yards on the ground, reaching the 100 yard mark in the first half. It was their highest yardage total since they had 480 yards vs. New England on November 30, 2009 and their highest rushing total since they ran for 222 yards at Buffalo, September 27, 2009.
•         New Orleans’ 17-point first half total was their highest in the first two quarters of a regular season game, since they scored 17 in the first half at Washington, December 6, 2009.
•         In not surrendering any points through the first three quarters, this was the first time the Saints have not allowed an opponent to score this late since a 12-0 shutout of the New York Jets at the Meadowlands on December 24, 1995.
•         New Orleans successfully converted a season-best 75% of their third down attempts (9-12).
•         QB Drew Brees completed his first seven passes on a day where he was 21-of-32 for 263 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 109.2. It is Brees’ 33rd regular season game where he has a passer rating of at least 100 as a Saint and New Orleans has a 26-7 record in those contests. Brees is tied with Tony Romo for the most games with a 100.0 passer rating since 2006.
•         For the fifth time in six games this season New Orleans scored on their opening drive. This afternoon’s opening drive covered 94 yards on seven plays and took 4:36, with Brees finding WR Lance Moore for a 41-yard touchdown.
•         Even though they did not start, Moore and WR Robert Meachem both had big days. Moore had two catches for 57 yards with the 41-yard TD. Meachem, had a season high four receptions for a season-best 71 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown grab.
•         RB Chris Ivory started at running back and carried 15 times for 158 yards, rushing for 81 yards in the first half alone, including a Saints season-long 33 yard rush. Ivory was the first Saints rookie to rush for 100 yards since Pierre Thomas ran for 105 yards in the 207 season finale at Chicago on December 30. It was the highest rushing yardage total by a Saints rookie since Ricky Williams ran for 179 yards vs. Cleveland on October 31, 1999 and was the sixth-highest rushing total by a Saints rookie in club history
•         S Roman Harper had a team-leading seven tackles and a career-high two forced fumbles. The forced fumbles were his second and third of the season, after he had one last week at Arizona and his franchise-best tenth as a Saint, first in club history and ranked fourth in the NFL among safeties since 2006 when he entered the league as a second round draft pick.
•         Prior to the game, the Saints hosted PO Holly Crabtree as a guest of the club. Crabtree, a naval medic who is an ardent Saints fan who watched New Orleans’ Super Bowl victory in Iraq, was shot by a sniper in April and has since been recovering at hospitals in Washington, D.C.. and most recently in Tampa Bay. PO Crabtree was presented a signed ball and a signed bat from Super Bowl XLIV by Payton and Brees prior to the game, while countless players and coaches thanked her for her heroism and support both abroad and of their team.
LSU ex running back Keiland Williams caught a touchdown pass for the Redskins in their 27-24 loss to the Colts on Sunday. He hardly played at LSU last season. Former Saints defensive end Charles Grant has hooked on with the Redskins and hard-hitting safely LeRon Landry was named NFC Defensive Plater of the Week two weeks ago. Former LSU running back Addai  ran for 128 yards before going out with a shoulder injury for the Colts...Saints rookie tight end Jimmy Graham almost scored his first touchdown in the NFL, but his 13-yard leaping grab was nullified for offensive pass interference on Graham...

Pocketful of Wry

Sunday's best bet: Tiger Woods over Brett  Favre by 7 sext messages...I'm not saying that SEC football has international ramifications, but my operatives tell me that these were the first words that came from the mouth of one of the Chilean miners after the rescue: " The only person more fortunate than we are today is Les Miles."...And speaking of the of the rescued miners. they are being offered all sorts of gifts and free stuff by people and companies around the world. Reminds me once again of my favorite sports quotes of all-time when former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn gave the 52 released Iran hostages lifetime passes to Major League Baseball. Cracked ardent football analyst Bean Cook" "Haven't they suffered enough!"...How impressive was that Hornets' preseason win over the Heat the other night. Almost as impressive as the jockey who won a pre-race walk around the paddock...

Still hard  for me to fathom why such a big deal is being made about  the Sports Elevated cover story in which former agent Josh Luchs admitted that he -- wait for it --paid college football players. What next -- a former academic counselor admitting to writing term papers for players or a former recruiting hostess admitting she had sex with players? Tell us something we didn't know...The gal from Baton Rouge, Donna Douglass, who starred on "Beverly Hillbillies," was a recruiting hostess at LSU longer ago than I care to remember. She is a reborn Christian today...

Ole Miss has replaced the controversial Colonel Rebel mascot with a black bear wearing slacks. In other words, the Rebels have gone from politically incorrect to zoologically inconceivable...Nicholls State still has a Civil War colonel as a mascot...And speaking of mascots, Georgia introduced UGA VIII at its homecoming game, a blowout of Vandy. He was shown snoozing in his his doghouse at the stadium. He wasn't the only one having trouble staying awake during the game...Back to baseball: Tampa Rays crowds have been showing up at Tulane football games...Enough?

by Ed Staton

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