Sep 262012
 

Last week: 16 (-10)

Record: 0-3

Every year, one team goes from in the playoffs to winning 5 or fewer games the next season. Is this team that bad? They are one of two 0-3 teams left in the NFL. They rank 29th in yards per play differential. Drew Brees doesn’t look bad, but he’s not his normal self. Remember who he was before Sean Payton. He wasn’t a bad quarterback; in fact, he was one of the better ones in the league before he got hurt, but he wasn’t the same quarterback as he’s been for years and that appears to be the case once again. Meanwhile, their defense is horrendous. In 2008, they went 8-8 despite Drew Brees throwing for 5000 yards. Imagine that year without Drew Brees throwing for 5000 yards and I think you’ve got a reasonable expectation for the 2012 Saints the rest of the way. Is that 5 win bad? Maybe, maybe not. Right now, they’re the leader in the clubhouse though to go from in the playoffs to 5 wins or less, “competing” with the Lions and my preseason pick, the Bengals.

Studs

LG Ben Grubbs: Did not allow a pressure on 41 pass block snaps, run blocked for 18 yards on 3 attempts

CB Jabari Greer: Allowed 6 catches for 53 yards on 10 attempts, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

LE Junior Galette: 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hits on 23 pass rush snaps, 2 stops

P Thomas Morestead: 7 kickoffs, 2 touchbacks, 68.9 yards per kickoff, 19.9 opponent average starting yards, 6 punts for 335 yards, 1 inside 20, 3 returns for 40 yards, 45.8 net yards per punt

Duds

RT Zach Strief: Allowed 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback pressures on 41 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards on 2 attempts

TE Jimmy Graham: Caught 4 passes for 16 yards and a touchdown on 8 targets on 28 pass plays, 0.5 YAC per catch, 2 drops

LOLB Scott Shanle: Allowed 2 catches for 23 yards on 2 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops

LE Cameron Jordan: 1 quarterback hurry on 47 pass rush snaps, 5 solo tackles, 5 stops

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