Chargers vs. Saints: Winners and Losers from NFL Week 5
Well, it's about time, right, Who Dat Nation?
Because, until that happened, the San Diego Chargers looked like the better team. It looked like it was going to be another Saints team to let a late lead slip through their fingers.
But it didn't happen this week. Maybe it was the extra mojo of Sean Payton being in the building. Maybe it was Drew Brees breaking another record.
But for the last 17 minutes or so of the game, the team looked like the Saints teams that Who Dats are used to with Brees under center.
There were some obvious winners in this one, but a few "losers" seeped through. Let's take a look.
Winner: Drew Brees
If you break an "unbeatable" record in the NFL, it's a good chance you were a 'winner" in that game, and that is no different when it comes down to Brees.
The record-breaking pass went to Devery Henderson, who wears No. 19, which is ironic considering the record that was broken belonged to a No. 19, Johnny Unitas.
It also helps when you go 29-of-45 for 370 yards and four touchdowns. The interception that he had was tipped twice, so you can call that a mulligan.
After he got hit by Melvin Ingram on that personal foul, it looked like he snapped into the old Brees who had that killer instinct from years past.
Brees is back in midseason form, and that is a great revelation going forward.
Loser: Malcolm Jenkins and Corey White
Corey White had a good start to the game, but it all went downhill after that, and Malcolm Jenkins wasn't any better.
White was just flat out getting beat repeatedly, especially by Robert Meachem.
The former Saint also tortured his former teammate, Jenkins. He beat both of them when it looked like Jenkins was out of place on both of occasions.
These players were also a part of a secondary that allowed another 300-yard passer.
These two, as well as the rest of the secondary, need to step up and stop making the stupid mistakes.
Winner: Marques Colston
Colston's season started off slow because of injuries, but he has really come on the past two weeks.
And he's not even 100 percent yet, as evident by his constant limping during this game.
That didn't stop him from passing Joe Horn on the Saints' all-time touchdown receptions list, and he did it in style.
Nine catches, 131 yards and three touchdowns is definitely the way to break a record.
Just imagine when "Quiet Storm" gets healthy.
Loser: Will Herring
If you were to check the box score, you would have thought that Mr. Herring didn't play against the Chargers.
But that's not true. Not even close. Not only was he in, but San Diego proceeded to attack his side.
And yet, his name is nowhere to be found.
How are you a starting linebacker in the NFL and not make a tackle?
It's because he is getting blown out of the way on rushing plays and is not quick enough to keep up with receivers/tight ends/running backs regardless of the coverage he is in.
David Hawthorne needs to get healthy soon and relegate Herring to special teams.
Winner: Devery Henderson
Big game for the Louisiana native; that is nothing to him.
Henderson might cause a lot of headaches for his inconsistencies with Saints fans, but he always seems to come up big on the grandest stages. And this might not have been a "grand" stage, but he ran a great route to get open and reel in Brees' record-breaking touchdown.
His night didn't stop there, either. He wrapped up his game with eight catches and 123 yards with that long touchdown grab.
Henderson has seemingly found the Fountain of Youth in his ninth season, and hopefully, he can continue this.
Loser: Brian De La Puente and Jahri Evans
These two were very disappointing for different reasons.
De la Puente was getting pushed around all night, and Evans continued to get penalties at inopportune times.
Evans is not living up to that massive contract he signed to become the highest-paid guard, at that time. He has regressed to a mediocre level after starting his career at such a high level. He needs to get back to that level.
De la Puente was just getting thrown around like a rag doll for four quarters, and the only time that the middle of the line was holding its own was when they were getting help from a back or Brees just had a quick pass.
Step your game up, men.
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