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New Orleans Saints offense terrible during loss to St. Louis Rams

The New Orleans Saints  lost 31-21 to the St. Louis Rams Sunday in what was the worst outing for Drew Brees and the Saints offense of the season by far.

The Saints struggled to move the ball all game and were held without a score until the 1:21 mark in the 3rd quarter when the Saints defense scored a touchdown after a sack of Rams quarterback A. J. Feeley, which resulted in a fumble recovery in the end zone for New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Brees was unable to establish any sort of rhythm after being sacked 6 times for minus 42 yards, and the absence of Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram left the Saints running game lacking of any true punch.

Chris Ivory returned to action for the Saints but was kept in check by the St. Louis defense. New Orleans finished with just 56 yards rushing on 20 attempts.

Despite finding themselves down 24-0 early in the 3rd quarter, the Saints were able to cut the lead to 10 with nearly 8 minutes left to play, when Pierre Thomas scored on a 3 yard run — but that would be as close as the Saints would get.

The nail in the coffin came when Rams safety Darian Stewart intercepted a Brees pass and returned it 27 yards for a score. giving St. Louis a 17 point lead at 31-14 with just 3 minutes left to play.

Although the final score was only a 10 point difference, for those who watched the game, it was much much worse.

As good as New Orleans looked in last weeks 62-7 thumping of the Indianapolis Colts, they were equally bad this week. Missed field goals, blocked punts and the inability to make any progress offensively led to the eventual loss.

On a positive note Drew Brees kept his consecutive games with a touchdown pass streak alive when he threw a pass to Lance Moore in the final seconds.  Brees is currently 3rd on the all time list with 35, behind only Brett Farve (36) and Johnny Unitas (47).

The Saints have now lost two of their last three games. New Orleans will return home next week to face NFC South division rival Tampa Bay. The Saints lost to the Buccaneers just three weeks ago 26-20.

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Tags: A.J. Feeley Chris Ivory Darian Stewart Drew Brees Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Vilma Lance Moore Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints NFC South Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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