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Game 14 Reaction: Saints vs. Rams

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Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to pass as St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) defends during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Saints 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Another Horrible Road Start

This is something that isn’t just a coincidence anymore. Let’s go to my Keys to the Game for a second.

"As far as this week, let’s just say that the Saints need to get off to a strong start. If you look at each of the six road games the Saints have played in this season, there has never been a clear definitive game where the Saints just dominate from the beginning. In fact, they have only led at halftime once (Bucs 10-7). True, you can make the argument that the Saints are a second half team, much like 2009. However, in the three losses (Patriots, Jets, Seahawks) this season, the Saints have trailed by at least 10 points or greater by halftime."

If this doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what does. The Saints were down 24-3 at the end of the first half due to mistakes, problems, and issues. No matter how you want to phrase it, it’s just truth.

Let’s go a little further to Drew Brees. He was my X-Factor for the game.

"Let’s also point out that in the three losses on the road, Brees has thrown half of his interceptions (4) this season, and the Saints have had five turnovers total (Brees fumble in Seattle) in losses. Everyone loves to talk about the Saints on the road, especially if it is a cold weather game. While this isn’t one of those cases, it is still a road game, and still worth reiterating that the Saints have to get off to a strong start. Our ability to achieve this is all based on Drew Brees. Period."

Drew Brees finished 39/56 for 393 yards. He passed for a touchdown, and also rushed one. Here’s the ugly parts: Fumble lost, two interceptions, four sacks.

Whether you place blame on the play calling, offensive line, or whoever else that makes you feel better about the situation, it doesn’t matter. The offense didn’t do their job, and Brees has to deal with another dismal road loss.

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