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Overall: With a lot of roster spots all but sewn up, the offensive side of things just wanted to the leave this game with no injuries and a nice rhythm in the passing and running games. There was one intriguing subplot, though. Chris Ivory versus Travaris Cadet for the last running back spot on the team. Ivory putting it on the ground might have helped Cadet a bit, especially when Cadet took a similar, hard hit to Ivory, but with one minor change: he held onto the ball. That would be the glaring difference in my eyes despite Ivory's 7.1 average per rush.
After 1st Quarter: Where to begin? Chris Ivory still has fumbilitis. Devery can't separate, but, hey, Brees, is still back there. And his running backs are as good as ever. Pierre Thomas is still a screen machine and Mark Ingram might have the best vision and determination of any runner on the team. Looked crisp minus the fumble.
After 2nd Quarter: The offense has had some big plays in the second stanza, but that production should have meant for more than 10 points. Especially with a late Brees-to-Graham touchdown pass to save New Orleans from a three point quarter. Kind of a luke-warm performance from the offense as a whole.
After 3rd Quarter: With Chase Daniel at the helm, the offense stalled out to a three-point quarter and didn't show any consistencies from the Brees-led offense in the first half. There was nothing positive that came out of this quarter on offense.