Saints vs Dolphins: Report Card

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Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Offense:95 A

The offense continues to roll and build on it’s momentum. Brees was making great decisions all night, even throwing it away instead of throwing into traffic. Jimmy Graham still had four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, but virtually everyone else got in on the action as well. Nine different players caught a pass from Brees. Marques Colston, seven catches for 96 yards, continues to  be a solid option and seems to catch everything thrown his way. There was even a drop that would have been caught had he been a step faster or Brees thrown it a tad shorter. It’s no wonder that this duo has done so well, even considering Brees’s tendency to spread the ball around.

All this said, Sproles was an absolute dynamo. His seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground, would be a great stat for a game. Those were his stats, for the first half. This is what we have been missing from Sproles. He absolutely opened up things for the offense, even more than they were, in the second half with his great performance. He really showed his speed, his strength, and his versatility this game, moreso than any other this season. Khriry Robinson was a great sight to see this game. He got some great work at the end of the game, helping to run out the clock for the Saints.

The offensive line continued its erratic play. There were several times that the running game failed due to the lack of blocking by the line. Jon Gruden particularly pointed out a failure by Ben Grubbs to hold off the Dolphins line, resulting in a loss on the run. This Saints staff has to figure out what to do with this offensive line or things will quickly start to get scary when the saints fall behind or if sacks start to pile up on Brees.

 

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