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Quarterback: Drew Brees definitely had the yardage, throwing 419 yards and three touchdowns. However, that was inflated by the fact the Saints were behind all game. A-
Running back: Pierre Thomas was effective, running for 31 yards off his five carries at a more than respectable 6.2 yards per carry. However, he had his touches vultured by the rookie Mark Ingram, who had some painful stuffs and generally showed a less than ideal lack of vision in struggling for 40 yards off his 13 touches, a miserly 3.1 yards per carry and a long of nine. Darren Sproles was dynamic catching out of the backfield with seven receptions for 75 yards. B
Wide receiver: Devery Henderson was the standout (somehow) with 100 yards off six receptions with a long of 29 for a touchdown. Marques Colston was productive with 81 off seven but had a costly fumble. Robert Meachem was overall fairly productive and had a highlight-reel catch for a touchdown but went missing for long stretches. B
Tight end: Jimmy Graham was useful, reeling in four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, and he was very physical on the coverage, somehow avoiding offensive pass interference.
Front seven: In a word, unimpressive. They allowed James Starks to run at 4.8 yards per carry and Ryan Grant to run at 4.4 yards per carry, allowed two rushing touchdowns and generally didn't get a lot of pressure on Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. C
Secondary: Rodgers picked on Patrick Robinson all day, and that contributed to the scoreboard quickly and on multiple occasions. Roman Harper had a sack and six tackles but was overall found wanting in coverage, which didn't help when the Packers went aerial. Malcolm Jenkins, however, was fantastic and laid the wood coming up from deep onto crossing routes. B
Special teams: Darren Sproles. Two kickoff returns, 38-yard average. Two punt returns, 46-yard average, a long of 72 yards for a touchdown. Either Green Bay's kick coverage was asleep or Sproles is as dynamic a returner as exists in the league. Considering his receiving, I'd go with the latter. However, the Saints special teams as a whole lose points for allowing giant returns in kind. B
Overall: B. Not awful, but not good enough to dislodge the Super Bowl incumbents.