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Saints vs Buccaneers: Report Card

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Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gets sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) (not pictured) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: 70 C

What a weak showing by the Saints offense. Jimmy Graham was the Saints offense, and pulled this grade into a C, when it was a borderline F. Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, and Darren Sproles were all bright spots. But the Saints offensive line has serious, serious issues. Brees was hurried all day long. He threw two interceptions. Now, that isn’t to say that the Buccaneers don’t have a fantastic defense, because they do. But the Saints had so many chances to carve them up and failed to do so. That brings me to Mark Ingram.

Mark Ingram is the goat of this game. His inability to run well cannot be considered an indictment against the offensive line anymore. Yes, the line was not strong in the run game, but Thomas and Sproles combined for positive yardage and first downs. Ingram will be remembered for his 2.5 average yardage and his poor goal line running. As a power back, he failed the Saints. He has a lot to prove if he wants to remain in the rotation at running back.