Brees threw 4 touchdowns and Josh Freeman threw 4 interceptions. The Saints put up 41 points while Tampa Bay could manage none. It was a big a blowout you could imagine, of course besides the Arizona-Seattle game a couple of weeks ago. It’s a little late to stage a comeback, but New Orleans fans can at least take solace from destroying a division rival and their playoff hopes. Drew Brees also rebounded from a couple of bad weeks to have one of his best games of the year. He topped the 300 yard mark, tossing 4 scores, and most importantly he didn’t turn the ball over once. The Saints even got the running game going a little bit. Mark Ingram had a good game rushing 14 times for 90 yards and a score. It was one of his better games of the year. With so many running backs on the squad, games like these will help him stand out from the crowd.
The most encouraging part of this game was the defense. The Saints have long been an offense only team, but this time they were well balanced. Josh Freeman had 5 turnovers in the game which completely took his team out of the game. He was forced to throw 47 times because the running game was so poor. Rookie standout Doug Martin ran the ball for only 16 yards on 9 carries. Blount who has been missing in action all year ended up as the leading rusher with 25 yards. Needless to say, Tampa Bay’s offense was anemic.
The Saints improved to 4-3 at home, proving that they can still win games in New Orleans. They get a chance to take another team out of the playoff picture when the travel to Dallas this weekend. In a 3 way tie for first place in the NFC East, the Cowboys desperately need this win to keep their hopes alive.