The New Orleans Saints' 49-17 rout of the Dallas Cowboys was the most impressive outing of the season. The fact that it followed the worst outing of the season (a 26-20 loss to the New York Jets) makes it even more special.
The Saints rung up 625 total yards of offense—while limiting Dallas to 193 yards. The discrepancy in time of possession (39:32 for the Saints as opposed to 20:28 for the Cowboys) showed that the Saints could sustain drives as well as generate explosive plays.
In addition, the Saints season-high total of 242 yards rushing (on 38 attempts) showed they can be as balanced as anyone when they are committed to being such.
This type of performance came just in time as the San Francisco 49ers bring their version of smashmouth football to New Orleans on Sunday. The Saints will undoubtedly need a repeat performance of the Cowboys game to leave with a victory.
But for now, let's enjoy this masterful performance. Let's see who stood out in victory. Here are the complete roster grades for Week 10.
Players are graded on the standard scale. Higher grades are given for splash plays (TDs, INTs, sacks, etc.) and proper technique. Conversely, lower grades are given for turnovers and improper technique.