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  • SAINTS’ HEART: Give the Saints credit; they kept on firing until the end on offense, and there was no quit in them on defense. They clearly have the talent and the heart to be champions. They are a team that plays in the mold of their coach, who has learned from the best. There is no doubt that this team has the talent to make a run to the Super Bowl because its “A” game is just as good as any team’s “A” game in the NFL, but it never should have come to this result in St. Louis. It was a bad loss.
  • SAINTS RB DARREN SPROLES: Sproles, as usual, was electrifying and fearless. He could be the shot of adrenaline that the Saints’ anemic running game needs and should have about 12 to 18 carries per game. He needs to touch the ball about 30 times a game. The big little man is a touchdown waiting to happen, and he can always rest his body during the offseason.
  • SAINTS WR KENNY STILLS: The rookie continued his solid play this season. He has speed that can result in some big plays for an offense that clearly lacks that ability on the road. He also has decent hands and does everything else well. Stills could be the extra weapon the Saints need during their playoff run. They have to find a way to get him the ball more often.

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  • THE SAINTS FIRST QUARTER: Even Stevie Wonder could see entering this game that the Saints were tired of being asked why the team has struggled so much on the road this season, but what did the team do against the Rams? It simply played one of its worst first quarters of the season. Because of that, these road-struggle questions won’t go away anytime soon and the Saints will be asked them ad nauseam. Sorry, Saints.
  • THE SAINTS RUN DEFENSE: Zac Stacy? Never heard of him. And there is a reason why most of the NFL fans outside of the state of Missouri probably haven’t heard about him either, because he’s not real good. Yet Stacy rushed for more than 100 yards and one touchdown in the first half against the Saints. Not good. It is really not good when you consider that the rest of the teams in the playoffs have good running backs.
  • SAINTS QB DREW BREES: Brees in the first quarter was horrible. He threw two interceptions that led to touchdowns and a 14-0 deficit. The first interception was the result of the Rams pass rush collapsing the pocket. The second one was the result of a bad decision. Remember, because of the lack of a consistent running game, he can’t afford an off day.

Pierce W. Huff