Saints vs Ravens: Quick Recap

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Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to head coach Sean Payton in the first quarter of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to head coach Sean Payton in the first quarter of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints fall to the Baltimore Ravens in their final preseason game.

The Saints and Ravens squared off against eachother in what was the final preseason game for both squads.

To many fans dismay, Drew Brees appeared in his first week-four preseason game since the year of his Saints debut – 2006.  The first team offense looked the best they have so far this year while marching down the field to get three points on the board. Brees finished the night completing 3-of-6 passes for 40 yards.

Andrus Peat got the start at left guard and actually did a pretty decent job. There was a play in which a defensive back blitzed the ‘B’ gap and blew right past Peat. Many fans thought that it was Peats’ fault, but it was revealed by former Saints tackle John Stinchcombe, who was in the commentary booth, that it in fact, was not.

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Lelito got the start at right guard and had an up-and-down night, but I’ll have to watch the film to expand on his play.

Garrett Grayson had a good night, but it could have been better. Grayson threw a beautiful deep pass (his best pass as a Saint, IMO) to TommyLee Lewis, who unfortunately couldn’t make the grab. Grayson finished the night by completing 11/16 passes for 98 yards and a TD.

The first team defense was impressive. Safety Kenny Vaccaro had a nice PBU over the middle. Second-year cornerback PJ Williams also had a few impressive plays. DE Darryl Tapp also stood out.

The special teams play was pretty poor due to a high number of penalty flags. Marcus Murphy probably saved/secured his job this game. He was impressive in both the run and kick-return game.

The kicker battle is as close to a tie as it possibly gets, though Barth will probably earn the job due to his kick-off distance being slightly better.

The Saints lost the game, but this was their best showing yet as a team.

We’re on to Oakland!

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