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Deke: It was a bad day!
by Deke Bellavia,posted Sep 9 2012 6:51PM
It’s only one game, right? Well, whether you see it as a good day for the Skins or a bad day for the Black and Gold, one thing is for sure: The Saints got it handed to them, and it was not supposed to happen!
The Saints got beat by the Washington Redskins 40-32, and the game really wasn’t even that close. If not for a blocked punt late in the first half, the Saints would have never really been in the game at all past the first quarter of the game.
Make no mistake about it, the Redskins came in with a game plan, which they executed it to near-perfection. They kept the Saints playing catch up all day long. “Our fans deserve better than we played. But let’s credit the Redskins. They played well,” Saints Coach Aaron Kromer said after the loss.
Robert Griffin III had the second-best day in NFL history for a rookie QB as he passed for 320 yards in his debut, second only to Cam Newton’s 422-yards last season in his rookie season with Carolina.
The Saints played from behind all but 21 seconds in the game. After falling behind 3-0, New Orleans came right back to take a 7-3 lead when Drew Brees tossed a 20-yard TD pass to Jimmy Graham to give New Orleans a 7-3 lead.
That lead was short-lived, as Griffin came back and threw an 88-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon to give the Redskins a 10-7 late in the first quarter of the game.
Coach Kromer pointed out that the Saints played well against Houston in the preseason and that his team was ready and prepared for the Washington Redskins. “There were no indications that this would happen,” Kromer said. Washington poked holes in, around and through the Saints’ new-look defense.
Washington had 464 yards of total offense in the game, running for 153 yards and passing for 311. The Redskins came out and got their young QB in a groove early. Griffin’s first five passes of the game were all thrown behind the line of scrimmage, and then RG3 dropped the big one on the Saints to gain even more confidence.
Griffin finished the game with a QB rating of 139.9, while Drew Brees was forced to play from behind and had to pass far too much. Drew completed 24 of 52 pass attempts for 339 yards with 3 TD’s and 2 interceptions, for a QB rating of 70.9.
Now, the Saints must put this game behind them and focus on yet another solid play-making QB, as New Orleans hits the road to face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Thanks Saints! Thanks goes to the NFL for the clueless officials as well!
I get hit again by a hurricane. I really needed that kick to the kidney after getting slammed by Issac.
Thank God for Martez Wilson! At least we had another blocked punt.