Saints vs Falcons: Report Card

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Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates his reception for a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates his reception for a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: 89 B

While this seems like a harsh grade, remember that the Saints were held to two touchdowns facing two rookie corners. Drew Brees should have carved up this defense. Despite that, everyone did their job.

In the passing game, Kenny Stills recovered from his case of the dropsies to haul in two catches for a whopping 86 yards. This kid has a future in New Orleans. Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston were refreshing to see after limited preseason action. Brees absolutely appreciated them. Colston, 5 catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Graham, 4 catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, not only provided the points for the game but helped give Brees the big plays he needed on third down.

The run game was in full swing. While the yardage was modest, 76 non-Brees yards, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles helped give the offense balance. Sproles added 6 catches for 88 yards, good for first on the team.  Mark Ingram, 9 rushes for 11 yards, was bottled up frequently. He has a steep hill to climb.

 

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