New Orleans Saints Brees Through Cold For Fifth Straight Victory
By Editorial Staff
The weather was not an issue as the New Orleans Saints went into Cincinnati and handed the Bengals their ninth loss in a row and tenth of the season.
Although the Bengals put up some stiff opposition, running off 24 second half points to make the contest allot closer than the Saints would have liked, the Saints showed why they are the defending super bowl champs, with QB Drew Brees going 24 of 29 for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Running Back Chris Ivory rushed for 117 yards on 15 carries with a career long 55 yard touchdown run, he then chipped in another on yard touchdown plunge later in the game.
The Saints didn’t have any defensive turnovers during the game but the defense held Cincinnati out of the end zone early on forcing two field goals of 23 and 29 yards.
With 8:00 minutes left in the second quarter the Saints again held the Bengals out of the end zone on a 4th & 1 from the New Orleans 5 yard line.
The Saints accumulated 436 total yards from scrimmage and got back to the type of passing games that they made look easy all last season with long passes of 42 and 52 yards to wide receiver Robert Meachem.
Meachem ended with 3 receptions for 106 yards with 1 touchdown to lead all Saints receivers in the game.
Brees made several passes for 20 yards or more not just to Meachem in the game including a career long 52 yarder to rookie tight end Jimmy Graham in the 2nd quarter who finished the game with 3 receptions for 72 yards & with
Wide receiver Marques Colston continues to lead all Saints in receptions contributing 3 catches for 65 yards inluding the game winning touchdown grab with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
This game seemed to be close through the second half between the Saints and Bengals, but when the Saints got the ball back after Cincinnati had gone up 30 to 27 with 3:28 left in the game, needing only a field goal to tie.
The Saints methodically marched down the field and into the red zone but stalled before scoring.
On a 4th and 2 from the Bengals 7 yard line Brees’ hard count forced Cincinnati defensive tackle Pat Sims offsides for a fresh set of downs, and on the following play he threw a touchdown strike to Colston for the winning score.
The Saints once again showed why no team can feel safe as long as there is time on the clock putting together their second comeback win in as many weeks.
The New Orleans Saints have played through allot of adversity this year with injuries on both sides of the ball and continue to be a team that can win against any in the NFL.
This Saints team learned over the last year and a half that you have to play 60 minutes to win in this league and while the Cincinnati Bengals played with allot of heart they fell short trying to match the Saints intensity.
New Orleans played several game’s last year during this time of the year that were simular to this one and the whole team learned how to pull together and win the close ones.
Winning games in this league is the bottom line and the New Orleans Saints know how to do that with class and have earned the right to swagger like the defending World Champion’s.
They seem to like flying under the radar because they know there will be a time when every team in the leauge knows who the New Orleans Saints are.
Who Dat believes in them Saints WE DO!!
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