Saints Make Statement By Demolishing Patriots 38-17
By Keith Null
If there was any question as to who is currently the best quarterback in the league or team in the league it’s just been put to rest, Drew Brees and the Saints officially wear that crown now.
For lack of a better term the Saints clobbered the Patriots into submission with stingy defense and a vicious aerial attack that bordered on perfection.
Lead by Drew Brees the Pro Bowl quarterback completed 18 of 23 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns all to different Saints receivers, this marks the first time ever an opposing quarter back has thrown five touchdowns against a Bill Belichick lead defense.
It seemed apparent almost immediately that the Saints offense was simply too much for the Patriot defense to handle, reminiscent of a father playing his son in Madden, simply overwhelming.
Receiver’s Marques Colston and Devery Henderson both eclipsed one hundred yards receiving and both scored a receiving touchdown.
Colston’s yards after catch was off the chart but the most memorable play was turned in by Henderson when Brees found him wide open down the field for a 75 yard touchdown pass, there was not a Patriot in sight.
New Orleans was able to limit the normally potent passing attack of the Patriots and hold Tom Brady to 21 of 36 passing for 237 yards and no touchdowns while forcing two interceptions.
The bottom line is the trio of Brady, Moss (3-67), and Welker (6-32) did squat against a banged up Saints secondary and two corners that had only been with the team a combined two weeks.
Surprisingly former starting corner back Mike McKenzie, wo resigned with the team last week after being released this spring, was the Saints best corner totaling one interception, three passes defensed and three tackles.
McKenzie was pivotal in thwarting several Patriot drives and seemed to have a knack at forcing fourth down and even stopped an attempted fourth down conversion by the Pats on the Saints ten yard line, saving the Saints from facing a possible first and goal.
The Patriots were held in check in the ground as well, leading rusher Laurence Maroney ran 15 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns accounting for all of the Patriots offensive scores
New Orleans would have cliched the NFC South division with the win considering an Atlanta Falcons loss, however backup quarterback Chris Redman threw a last second touchdown pass to receiver Roddy White to barely squeak out a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sean Payton will march the 11-0 Saints into Washington to face a tough Redskins team who have of late re-emerged offensively after the ranes were handed over from head coach Jim Zorn to offensive guru Sherman Lewis.
Corner back Mike McKenzie was the standout player of the game. After being out of football entirely for nearly a year after his release from the Saints this spring McKenzie, filling in for the injured Randall Gay, played nearly forty defensive snaps and was pivotal in slowing down the Patriots offense. If not for his quick plays and solid coverage on Randy Moss and Wes Welker the Patriots would have converted several third and short situations to keep drives alive and quite possibly may have scored more than once. McKenzie made the plays necessary to force the Patriots offense back onto the sidelines the entire game after only being with the team a week after re-signing.
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