New Orleans Saints Football: Winners and Losers from Saints' Loss vs. Buccaneers

C. CuseOCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2011

New Orleans Saints Football: Winners and Losers from Saints' Loss vs. Buccaneers

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    The New Orleans Saints came into Week 6 of the NFL season on a four-game winning streak and feeling confident. 

    It helped that they were facing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that was on the losing side of a 45-3 rout to the 49ers last week.

    The Saints struggled with turnovers and Drew Brees looked less than stellar. 

    Let's take a look at seven winners and losers for the Saints from this Sunday. 

Winner: Jimmy Graham

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    Jimmy Graham proved once again that he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL on Sunday.

    Graham was quarterback Drew Brees' favorite target after Graham racked up seven receptions for 124 yards.

    If you don't know who Jimmy Graham is yet, you will. He's a stud. 

Loser: Drew Brees

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    Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. 

    Drew Brees was his typical self on Sunday, throwing for 383 yards on 45 attempts.

    Did I forget to mention he threw three interceptions?

    Brees has been stellar all year but was uncharacteristic of himself in a must-win game against a division rival.

    Hopefully Brees can step it up and bring the Saints back to winning prominence next week versus 0-6 Indianapolis

Loser: Will Smith

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    Defensive end Will Smith was non-existant Sunday, only recording an assisted tackle in his poor effort. 

    The former Pro Bowler has been on the decline this year, notching just 12 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks in six games. 

    Smith, get it together and show them you still have some left in the tank.  

Winner: Marques Colston

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    Marques Colston joined Jimmy Graham Sunday in the "Receivers Drew Brees Really Likes" club. 

    Colston reeled in seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown Sunday, looking healthier then he has all season. 

    Good for the man from Hofstra University; he deserves it and has crazy hands that make any quarterback fall n love. 

Loser: Saints Running Game

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    The Saints run game was dreadful on Sunday, rushing for a mere team total of 70 yards on 20 carries.

    Mark Ingram led the team with nice carries for 22 yards and Drew Brees was right behind him with 21 yards on three carries.

    Really? This is the powerful Saints running game? 

    If Ingram is your starting running back, he needs more than nine carries a game. And when did Pierre Thomas become irrelevant? 

Loser: Sean Payton

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    Wow, what a rough Sunday for Sean Payton. 

    First, your team loses.

    Second, your team went from first to third.

    Last, you tear your MCL and meniscus while blindly standing on the sidelines.

    Today, I pity you, Sean Payton. Get better and figure out that defense. 

Loser: Saints Secondary

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    The Saints blew several coverages against the Bucs' pass offense and gave up a 65-yard Arrelious Benn touchdown. 

    Giving up late touchdowns through the air in a game with first place on the line? Not good. Maybe Roman Harper should apologize for his poor play.