“You’ve got no choice [but to bounce back]”, cornerback Morris Claiborne said.
Then Brees forgot all about that bum shoulder that cause him to miss last week’s game and remembered he’s a future NFL Hall of Famer. The Saints’ upcoming schedule (@Phi, Atl, @Ind, NYG, Ten) should feature a bunch of shootouts. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Dunbar’s knee injury appeared serious.
According to local lore, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is built over an old voodoo pit, and for the first 60 minutes against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, it looked as though the New Orleans Saints were sticking pins all over their bodies. Brees responded well and finished with 359 yards, despite three sacks and heavy pressure for much of the first half. But he grabbed another piece of the Big Easy on Sunday by being a victor. He fumbled last week diving across the goal line against the Falcons and tonight he, well, I’m not sure what to call it. Let’s try this: Randle took a hand-off at the 1 and attempted a spinning, whirling, Peter-Pan finesse move punctuated by him sticking the ball out with one hand and trying a George Gervin-like finger roll.
Wideout Brice Butler left Dallas dangerously thin on the flanks after hurting his hamstring on a long third-quarter reception, per Hill.
Jay Cutler committed a couple of turnovers and got just 6.5 YPA, but his return was a boost to Chicago with Jimmy Clausen the alternative…The Raiders have allowed 32 catches for 388 yards and six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. “He’s probably the best teammate I’ve ever played with – just his preparation”.
After recording just 40 receptions for 291 yards last season, Jamaal Charles is on pace to haul in 80 catches for 906 yards. Even worse, they added injury … and injury … and injury to the insult.
The Saints won the overtime coin toss.
Dallas answered that with a 60-yard drive in eight plays for a 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey for a 13-10 lead with 8:20 to go in the third quarter. The play of quarterback Sam Bradford is certainly concerning. DeMarco Murray’s running style is missed.
Sunday wasn’t a must-win game for the 2-2 Cowboys – it’s Week 4, so a little too early for that type of hyperbole. Their week four opponents were the New Orleans Saints, a team that has struggled off to an 0-3 start this season. “He’s special. You can’t count us out”.
But the Cowboys defense, without their best player, were unable to stop Brees from that point.
Brees hit running back C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard touchdown on only the second play of overtime, notching his 400th passing touchdown in the process. And this showing further cements his place as the starter in Romo’s absence, even with the recent addition of Matt Cassel. The 17-yard, fourth-down touchdown throw to wide receiver Terrance Williams, which tied the game 20-20, was a ideal strike in the right corner of the end zone.
The pass rush was impressive early, but fizzled in the second half. A few replied by telling him to delete his account. I’m afraid Carlos Hyde’s clear talent is going to go mostly to waste this year. Two of his throws should have been easily intercepted (one was nullified by a defensive penalty and the other was dropped). “Thanks to C.J. Spiller, that happened”.