SAINTS SPIRIT: The Saints just had one of those days. Drew Brees was a little bit off for most of the game. And Tom Brady was Tom Brady. Throw in the fact that the Patriots were fired up after being embarrassed in a loss to Cincinnati the week the before, and it all made for a long Sunday. But credit the Saints for never giving up. Games like these just happen. After all, there is a reason why Brady is going to the Hall of Fame and is married to a model.
TRAVARIS CADET: The hardest running Saint had a 3-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter that was his first touchdown since Week 15 of last season. Cadet will score more touchdowns. They have to use him more, because he gives the running game life and passion.
SAINTS PRESSURE: Brady, who can resemble the Statue of Liberty in the pocket, was sacked four times in the first half. The Saints also did a good job of keeping his feet moving in the pocket. There was nothing wrong with this part of the defense. This saved the Saints from being blown out early.
SAINTS FAILURE TO ADJUST TO TEMPO: There were times Brady and “The Nobodys” had the Saints defense on the ropes with their no-huddle offense. Trust me, the Saints will see plenty of no huddle from opponents the rest of the season because the NFL is a copycat league. They didn’t handle it well.
SAINTS SECONDARY: Brady and “The Nobodys” had success here as well, especially late in the game. When given time, Brady was able to pick the Saints secondary apart with a group of receivers whose are only known by their relatives. This was the only part of the loss that was inexcusable. You can’t have secondary breakdowns late in the game.
LACK OF A CONSISTENT RUNNING GAME: Forget the few good runs the team had in the third and fourth quarters, because that was a mirage. The bottom line was this: The Saints could have won the game if they could have run out the clock. This was the game we preached about and feared for the Saints all season long. Teams that win championships have the ability to run the ball. The Saints have to get a run game going, especially on those days when their soon to be multi-millionaire tight end (Jimmy Graham) is a nonfactor and their matchup nightmare running back (Darren Sproles) is limited in his production.