Call it whatever you want, the Saints just put away the Giants easily. The Giants were considered the best team in football to date and a win of this caliber should propel the Saints into the number one spot.
Who’s the best team in football now? The answer is the 5-0 Saints until further notice NFL analysts.
Again the Saints got it done on both sides of the football and displayed a well rounded attack that keep the Giants on it’s heels all afternoon.
New Orleans mounted an extraordinary offensive effort by racking up 493 total yards on the leagues “best defense”.
Drew Brees assaulted the Giants secondary to the tune of 369 yards and four touchdowns as he connected on 23 of 30 passes.
At this point you kind of expect a performance like this from Brees even though he failed to throw a touchdown in the last two games.
The reason for all of Drew’s success? Well that’s easy, wide receiver Marques Colston.
Coslton nabbed a season high eight receptions for 166 yards and one touchdown, simply put the Giants did not have the answer for Colston’s dominance and Brees took advantage.
In fact several players joined the touchdown bonanza thanks to Brees — Receiver Lance Moore had 78 yards and one touchdown, tight end Jeremy Shockey had 37 yards and a touchdown, receiver Robert Meachem had 70 yards and one touchdown.
All in all the Saints combined for seven offensive touchdowns all by a different Saints player, three of those courtesy of the run game.
That’s the most offensive touchdowns scored by the Saints since November, 2 1969 in a game against the St.Louis Rams.
Pierre Thomas failed to find the end zone but did manage to rush for 72 yards on 15 carries for 4.8 per carry average.
However running backs Reggie Bush and Mike Bell both found the end zone as well as full back Heath Evans to total three touchdowns on the day.
Combined the Saints rushed for 134 yards to go along with the three scores, not their best performance of the season but more than enough to secure the victory.
Defensively the Saints again were able to apply consistent pressure on the red hot Eli Manning just as they have all season on opposing quarterbacks.
The Saints managed two total sacks in the game, one on Manning and the other on backup David Carr who was brought in late in the fourth quarter.
Manning tried desperately to be like older brother Payton, calling audibles at the line like a mad man, but still only managed to throw for 178 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Ahmad Bradshaw was the Giants leading rusher with 48 yards and one touchdown but New Orleans flexed it’s run stopping strength once more by minimizing Brandon Jacobs to only 33 yards rushing.
Combined New Orleans held the Giants to 84 total rushing yards and the one lone touchdown — can we finally get a little defensive respect?
Darren Sharper almost had two interceptions of Manning, the first when he picked off a pass intended for Steve Smith which he ran back for a touchdown. A holding call against the Saints negated the defensive touchdown and gave the ball back to the Giants.
The Second came when Manning threw for Manningham in the end zone, Sharper reacted but was just a split second to late and Manningham match the catch for the TD.
All in all the Saints surrendered 325 total yards to the Giants, although about 70 of those yards were “leaky yardage” when they benched most of their defensive starters in the fourth quarter after building such an impressive lead.
David Carr through a 58 yard completion to rookie Hakeem Nicks for a useless touchdown, big whoopee.
The Saints are now 5-0, say it with me Saints fans 5-0. It’s the first time the team has started 5-0 since 1993 and qualifies as the best start under head coach Sean Payton.
It is notable that the Saints have never won after returning from the bye week under Payton, that’s officially over as well.
New Orleans will look to keep the win streak alive when they travel to Land Shark Stadium next Sunday to take on the 2-3 Miami Dolphins in their first away game in three weeks.
If you would like to see the Giants side of the story follow this linkto gmenhq.com to see what they say about their beating at the hands of the Saints.
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