A lot of good things happened today for the Saints, but it is hard to look at the positives when you are 0-4. New Orleans is now 4 games out of first place in the NFC South and it is just a quarter of the way into the season. They nearly beat one of the best teams in the league today in one of the hardest places to play, but all that matters is another loss is put up on the board. I think it is fair to say Aaron Kromer won’t be interviewing for any head coaching jobs this offseason. That isn’t entirely fair to him, as he came into a situation with a ton of turmoil, but this team has way too much talent to be winless so far.
Drew Brees played an outstanding game. He threw for 446 yards, 3 scores, and absolutely no turnovers. It was vintage Brees, who hit Colston 9 times for 153 yards. He also hit Joe Morgan for an 80 yard score and constantly hit receivers for gains of 20 or more. The passing game had no problem moving the ball, but Brees also threw the ball 54 times. They ran it just 19 times. I understand this is a passing league now, but there absolutely has to be some balance, especially when this same formula failed the previous three weeks.
As good as the offense was, the defense was invisible. At least it seemed that way for Aaron Rodgers. He torched the secondary for 4 touchdowns, which is a little easier when you don’t get sacked once. Even the running game got it going. Cedric Benson took the rock for 84 yards on 18 carries. Benson is past his not so outstanding prime, so when they can’t stop him the defenses has some big problems. I figured Aaron Rodgers would have a good game, but the were getting hit from all angles.
Well, New Orleans faint hopes are getting even fainter. They have San Diego next who is off to a strong 3-1 start. They aren’t as good as their record indicates, but that doesn’t make them an easy opponent. It will be a primetime game in New Orleans, so this would be a great time for the Saints to get out of their funk. If Drew Brees still gets motivation out of playing his old team, that could help too. Same goes for Darren Sproles. Our old friend Robert Meachem will also be in this game. The Saints will need whatever help they can get, but my expectations are officially off the table at this point.