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Saints Struggle in Season Opener, Lose to Colts 41-10

Saints CB Jason David gets beat by Colts WR Reggie Wayne
Indianapolis Colts 41
New Orleans Saints 10

Somebody should have told the Saints that the preseason is over and the Thursday night game against the Colts actually counted. New Orleans struggled in all facets of the game in the season opener.

Led by QB Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis offense marched all over the Saints’ defense, especially former Colt CB Jason David. 9 passes were thrown at David, 7 of them were completed for 147 yards and 3 TD’s. Just as someone should have told the Saints the preseason was over, someone should have reminded David that he didn’t play for the Colts anymore. Credit must be given to David though for scoring the only New Orleans TD on a 55-yard fumble return, that he forced in the first quarter. After the game, David told the media, “Anytime you come back and play a team you used to play for, you want to play your best game,” he said. “I didn’t play my best game tonight. All the plays you saw tonight … that’s on me. There’s nobody else to blame but me.”

RB Reggie Bush and QB Drew Brees both struggled, leading the offense to a very poor performance. Bush ran sideways (sideline to sideline) for more yards than he did running forward towards the endzone. Bush also dropped a few passes that he should have caught. The former USC super-star finished with 12 carries for 38 yards and 4 receptions for 7 yards. That certainly didn’t help Brees who completed 28 passes on 41 attempts for only 192s with 0 TD and 1 INT. “It just felt like we never got in synch,” Brees said. “We felt we hadn’t accomplished much in the first half so we were chomping at the bit to get out there and sustain some drives. Everything happens for a reason. Maybe we needed to get our butts kicked tonight to get a little fire going.”

The offense did’nt do anything spectacular but WR Marquis Colston had a few sweet grabs and RB Aaron Stecker also looked solid but only had 2 carries for 21 yards and 2 receptions for 20 yards.

The Saints were looking alright at the half with the score tied at 10. They didn’t play too well offensively but they held the Colts to just 10 points. In the 2nd half, it was all Colts. They scored 31 points in the final 2 quarters while shutting the Saints out. “I thought at halftime, being on the road and with all that went on we were in good shape,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “But we had some miscues. Our inability to convert third downs and keep the ball hurt us.”

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