For a 3-0 team it felt like the Saints were not getting the attention they deserved from the national sports media, by the time the game had ended with a 38-17 victory for the Saints that won’t be the case going forward. Both the defense and offense came to the game ready to play, Miami is a very good team but they could not handle the intensity that came from the Saints and their fans at the Dome Monday night.
With the victory the Saints now have a 2 1/2 game lead over the NFC South with games coming up on the road against Chicago and New England before the bye. I’m not sure the Saints could have scripted it any better.
The Saints came to the game with a mindset of getting Sproles involved early, and that in turned opened up the game for Brees to get the ball to Graham and then later Colston. At the end of the day the Saints offense just had too many options for Miami’s defense to contain.
The most telling stat at the end of the game besides Bree’s 30-39, 400 yards and 4 td’s passing was the time of possession. With a running game that only gained 68 net rushing yards on 24 carries, the Saints won the time of possession battle 33:49 to 26:11.
Sproles ended up with 114 receiving yards, 28 rushing yards and 80 yards in kickoff and punt returns for a total of 212 total yards. Graham had another strong game with 4 catches for 100 yards and two TD’s while Colston added 7 catches for 96 yards.
When big situations came up Sproles kept making the kind of plays that made the Dolphins start looking for the ride back to Miami.
Robinson let the rushing attack with 12 carries for 37 yards. The pass/run ratio for the game ended up 39/24 with Saints also winning the turnover battle 4-1.
At this point people in Dallas must be wondering if they blamed the wrong guy last year. Up to this point Ryan’s defense has performed to the tune of 6th in yards allowed, 5th in points allowed and 3rd in interceptions. All this results in the fact that in the first 4 games nobody has scored more than 17 points against the Saints.
And just to be clear, the defense has had it’s share of injuries in the defensive line and linebacking group. At one point last night the camera swung over to show Vilma and Harper sitting on the bench in street clothes, when they get healthy and come back the Saints will have more leadership and depth to go along with what they already have n the field.
The Game was over:
When the Saints faced a 3rd and 20 and Brees through a swing pass to Sproles that went for 21 yards.
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