New Orleans (8-3) is coming off an impressive 49-24 victory over the playoff-hopeful New York Giants on Monday night. Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns and had an eight-yard TD run as the Saints finished with 577 yards, second-most in franchise history.
This is the worst team in NFL history. Even worse than the 2008 Lions. At least those Lions made a concerted effort to NOT go 0-16. In fact, they were a cheap Bernard Berrian PI call away from going 1-15. They were desperate to avoid the mark and, as a consequence, I think we all felt kinda bad for them when that last chance to win slipped away.
But a few of those penalties were questionable calls. Payton was particularly disappointed in a roughing the passer penalty levied against defensive end Will Smith in the fourth quarter, when replays showed that Smith clearly did not make any helmet contact with Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Former NFL director of officials Mike Pereira said in a Fox Sports chat that the penalty shouldn’t have been called.
If Brees isn’t throwing short to Darren Sproles or Jimmy Graham, he’s throwing long to Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem. If the ball isn’t in Brees’ hands, then that means Sproles, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory is running it. In other words, the Saints can hit a defense from every possible angle.
The Lions don’t have the time to fret about losing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for two games due to a suspension. They’re playing at New Orleans on Sunday night where the Saints hold a 5-0 record at the Superdome.
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