New Orleans Saints' Winners and Losers vs. Chiefs
This was an ugly loss against the Chiefs in front of thousands of fans donning the black and gold. The Saints could not protect an 18-point third quarter lead, resembling a team that fans don't even want to remember, pre-Drew Brees and Sean Payton era.
In a day when the Saints offense was supposed to do, well, what they usually do, they were unable to produce anything when it mattered most. The Chiefs, who are ranked among the bottom in defense, were able to stop the Saints offense and chip away at their lead at the same time.
It's not easy to look at the positives in a loss like the Saints had today; in the way the Saints have started this season, but let's take a look at some winners from today's game, and some losers.
Loser: Offensive Line
The Saints offensive line does not look like the dominant line they used to be. Drew Brees was sacked four times today, two in the fourth quarter. One of those ended up being a safety after Brees was sacked in the end zone, cutting the Saints' lead to three.
The line also didn't help in the run game either. The backs combined for a total of 83 rushing yards, the most coming from Darren Sproles, who ran for 62 yards on seven carries.
Give the Chiefs defense credit for being able to stop Brees and the high-powered offense, limiting Brees to 240 yards, completely shutting him and the Saints down in the fourth quarter.
Hero: Drew Brees the First 3 Quarters
Before the Saints' huge collapse in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees did a nice job the first three quarters of the game and it looked like the Saints would get their first win. But we all know how that ended.
Brees threw for three touchdowns today and had the offense going the first three quarters of the game before they completely stalled out at the end.
Loser: Saints Offense
The final stat-line for the Saints' total yards is 288. The Saints had -16 yards in the fourth quarter, when it mattered most.
After taking a 24-6 lead with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter, the offense completely stalled. The unit was completely inefficient.
Drew Brees did not have one completion and did not throw for a single yard; the running backs lost yardage.
It was a ugly last quarter, and that did not change in overtime. The Saints failed to produce anything on offense in OT.
Loser: Saints Defense
The Chiefs gained 510 total yards against the Saints defense. Running back Jamaal Charles gashed them for 233 yards on 33 carries.
The defense did have a nice start against the Chiefs, getting three sacks and forcing three turnovers, but it all changed for the worst after Charles burned their defense for a 91-yard touchdown run, which was a back-breaker, a momentum swing.
Loser: Garrett Hartley
Considering the score and outcome of the game, Garrett Hartley's missed 38-yard field goal attempt was a killer. Who knows what would've happened had he made it? Maybe the Saints win; maybe not.
Hartley, who had been on point for the season so far, missed a chip-shot from 38 yards out, the ball sailing right.
Hero: Lance Moore
As mentioned before, in a disastrous game, not much positive can be seen. However, wide receiver Lance Moore stood out from the rest today and had himself a nice game.
Moore had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in today's loss. He averaged 17.5 yards per reception. He's making a name for himself and can establish himself to be a serious threat and another go-to guy if Brees needs, if he keeps up his production.
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