Saints-Chiefs: New Orleans Defense Shows Up; Kansas City's Offense Fizzles

Keith NullContributor INovember 18, 2008

New Orleans again reached the .500 mark this season by defeating the Chiefs on the road at Arrowhead Stadium, 30-20, posting a 5-5 record.

The Saints appeared much crisper on defense this time around, mounting two great goal line stops, holding the Chiefs offense to field goals instead of touchdowns. New Orleans held the Chiefs to 330 total yards off offense.

The Saints were able to apply pressure on young quarterback Tyler Thigpen, recording 4 sacks in the game. Defensive End's Will Smith and Bobby McCray each recorded a sack while DT Jeff Charleston was able to record two sacks of his own.

McKenzie's absence went almost unnoticed as fellow starter Randall Gay performed brilliantly covering Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe. Gay notched five pass defenses, five tackles, and held Bowe to 73 total yards.

Bowe's two touchdowns came way of inexperienced starter Usama Young. Young seemed to have good position on Bowe, but the larger and taller receiver was able to leap up and snag the passes for touchdowns.

Safety Roman Harper had ten total tackles in the game, moving up numerous time to stuff KC's Larry Johnson for minimal gains. Johnson was held to 67 yards on 19 carries with no touchdowns.

New Orleans totaled 369 yards of offense in the game with Brees throwing for 266 yards and 1 touchdown, a low number for Brees who has thrown for 300 + yards seven times this season.

The real story of the game was the performance of running-back Pierre Thomas.

Thomas rushed for 88 yards on 16 carries including punching in a touchdown from the Chief's one yard line. He also accounted for 56 yards on four receptions, the most notable of which went for 24 yards to setup the touchdown. Thomas finished the day with 144 total yards from scrimmage.

Deuce McAllister was used sparingly contributing 18 yards on the ground and a leaping one yard touchdown. McAllister tied Dalton Hilliard for first place on the teams career touchdown list with his 53rd touchdown as a Saint

Wide receiver Lance Moore is developing into Drew Brees' favorite target. The 3 year pro posted a season high in receptions with 8 totaling 102 yards and one touchdown. Moore's score came in the third quarter on a long pass form Brees that went 47 yards for the score.

Neither Colston or Shockey posted big numbers. Colston nabbed three passes for 30 yards while Shockey caught six for 39 yards.

It appears the Saints kicking problem has been solved, at least for now. Rookie kicker Garrett Hartley, whom New Orleans signed on the bye week, remained perfect as a Saint. Hartley hit all three field goals with his longest going for 35 yards. He also averaged 66 yards on his kickoffs pinning the Chiefs behind the 15 yard line several times.

The Saints host the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football next week. This will mark the Saints first home game since October twelfth. New Orleans is 3-1 at the Superdome this season with both teams posting a 5-5 record going into the game.