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Oct 3, 2012 by

Saints LogoPackers 28
Saints 27

Well, we held Green Bay to 102 ground yards, but considering the Pack is averaging 84.25 rushing yards/game this season I don’t know if that’s improvement or not. The Saints D added an interception and a fumble recovery, (with 3 INTs and 6 FUMs GB loves to give the ball away this season as well,) but the secondary still appears content to play zone. This wouldn’t be a problem if they were actually playing it in the same zone as their opponents. I have no idea what the coaching staff is doing, but damned if I don’t miss the Vicodin-fueled days of yore!

Aaron Kromer showed some life on the sidelines but remains a corpse in the driver’s seat. (Have we ever had any success with anyone named Aaron?) Drew Brees had the opportunity to improvise on a few broken plays, one of which netted an 80-yd TD strike to Joe Morgan, his first NFL TD. Brees put up an impressive 446 yards through the air, but let’s face it, he had to. Kromer’s insistence on running the ball straight ahead and into the pile resulted in 45 pitiful rushing yards. Kromer’s tunnel-vision resulted in 19 carries for an average of 2.37 yards. The longest run was a 9-yarder from Darren Sproles. Chris Ivory, Travaris Cadet and Jed Collins did not carry the ball at all. (Collins caught a first-down pass, but that’s the extent of his role under Kromer. When you see Collins on the field for his one third quarter appearance, it’s a guarantee he’ll be targeted.)

And how ’bout that O-Line! For four straight weeks, the O-Line has crinkled, crumpled and collapsed ensuring that every play we run looks like a last-second desperation effort. Nine sacks and a safety in four games! Are you kidding me? The only reason those numbers aren’t higher is due to Drew Brees’ dirt-ball parade this year. Brees’ completion rate is at 57.6%, a far cry from the last five years of 71.2%, 68.1%, 70.6%, 65.0% and 67.5%. (2011 back to 2007). That missing 10% of caught balls is about half dirt-balls and half drops. Just once this season I’d like to see an offense that isn’t run from panic-mode!

Up next:
A nationally televised Sunday Night home game against the San Diego Chargers who lead the series 7-3. The Saints have never beaten the Chargers in the Superdome, but we do have one “home” win against them in 2008 at Wembly Stadium. San Diego is somehow 3-1 despite an offense that looks like our own.

Now, some of you may remember that San Diego was the team that cut Drew Brees loose after his shoulder injury, allowing him to land in New Orleans. Well folks, thanks to a one gmae sit-down vs Carolina in 2009, this will be Drew’s 100th game as a Saint! Tell me someone in the NFL scheduling office doesn’t have a fine flair for the dramatic!

I’ve fired up The Machine for this one, but unfortunately it points to a 29-27 Saints loss. Hopefully a National stage and the grudge-match/anniversary atmosphere will be the monkey wrench that undoes it’s delicate dials and gilded gears, because it certainly won’t be the coaching…

The Numbers:
With a W/L percentage of ZERO, Aaron Kromer and the Saints 2012 squad remain in dead last as the worst team in our 46 seasons. Only 6 other squads started 0-5: Tom Fears’ teams in ’67 and ’69, John Roberts’ ’72 team, the 1-15 Dicks of ’80, (Nolan and Stanfel,) and Jim Mora’s last two squads in ’95 and ’96, the latter of which was shared with Rick Venturi. Let’s try real freakin’ hard not to be in that number this week, OK boys?

Not only did Drew Brees tie Johnny Unitas with 47 consecutive games with a TD pass, (lucky for Drew they don’t count his Jan 3 “safety-benching” as interfering with “consecutive”…) he also dropped Unitas (290) into 9th place on the NFL’s all-time TD pass list with #291 to Joe Morgan, which ties him with Warren Moon for 7th. Drew needs 10 more to dislodge John Elway (300) from 6th place. Unofficially, as QB TD passes don’t count toward career points, Drew Brees (1302) is just 16 points behind Morten Andersen (1318) on the Saints all-time scoring roster. In reality, Brees remains in a ten-way, 75th place tie at 36 points.

Joe Morgan caught his first NFL TD, an 80-yarder, debuting on the Saints all-time scoring list at 198th place tied with 95 other bozos at 6 points. Well, ya gotta start somewhere! Welcome to the team, Joe!

Marques Colston (294) slid past Eric Martin (288) for 8th place on the Saints all-time scoring roster. Colston’s TD, his 49th, moved him past Martin into 4th place on the Saints all-time TD list and he’s now one away from sharing Joe Horn’s (50) 3rd place spot. Additionally, on the Saints all-time TD reception list, Colston moved into 2nd, past Martin and Quinn Early, and is one away from tying Joe Horn’s 1st pace mark of 50.

The GB match was Jimmy Graham’s first game this season without a TD pass, but he did catch seven balls for 76 yards moving him into 20th place with 1914 yards, past Bob Newland (1877), on the Saints all-time receiving yards list.

Darren Sproles (7911) is 49 kick return yards away from taking 8th place from Desmond Howard on the NFL’s career KRY list. Sproles TD catch puts him in 47th place with 76 points on the Saints all-time scoring list, jumping over Ike Harris, Boo Williams and Garo Yepremian. Sproles (917) also took 50th place from Aaron Stecker (908) on the Saints all-time receiving yards list.

Patrick Robinson’s 5th career interception moves him From a 15-way tie for 54th into a 13-way tie for 42nd, a pack which includes active Saints Jabari Greer and Jonathan Vilma.

And finally, Detroit Lions K Jason Hanson (2060) is 3 points shy of displacing former Saint John Carney (2062) from 3rd place on the NFL’s career points list. After that he still has about 400 and 500 points to go in order to catch the “Andersoens“, Gary and Morten, respectively.

-M Styborski

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