The New Orleans Saints lost a nail-biter to the Green Bay Packers in week four by one point with a final score of 28-27. Despite another close one, the Saints looked the best they have all season. However, now that the Saints have dropped to 0-4, their chances of making the playoffs are very bleak.
Quarterback Drew Brees had a monster game as he threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yard touchdown to Joseph Morgan. Furthermore, Brees tied Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass when he connected with Marques Colston in the first quarter. Brees can break Unitas’ record next week when the Saints play the San Diego Chargers.
Despite Brees’ great play, I think the Saints were a little pass happy during the game. The Saints still have one of the best offenses in the NFL but for the fourth week in a row the Saints failed to establish a ground game.
I think one of the Saints’ problems this season is their inability to run the ball. The Saints are relying too much on Brees–he threw 54 passes against the Packers. The Saints need to throw something different at their opponents because teams are expecting Brees to throw the ball.
If the Saints could establish a ground game, it would give their offense a different element and take the pressure off of Brees. The Saints only rushed for 45 yards against the Packers and if they could establish a ground game, it would complement Brees’ passing.
The Saints offensive line is one of the best in the NFL and they do a great job at protecting Brees. However, the offensive line showed against the Packers and the previous three games that they need to do a better job at run-blocking. The offensive linemen are great at pass-blocking, but they need to open some space up and block better for the running backs.
The Saints showed much improvement in their one-point loss to the Packers but there are still areas they need to work on. The Saints lost another close one, but they are improving, and as frustrating as it has been, I know they will get over the hump and secure their first victory.