Last week against the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and running back Darren Sproles were a non-factor. Colston was out of the game from the get-go, having been listed as inactive and Sproles was knocked out of the game with a head injury in the opening series. Their absence was immediately felt as New Orleans looked like they were without their usual spark and energy, and they played mostly one-dimensional football.
Fast forward to this week against the Dallas Cowboys, and all seems right in the universe. Colston and Sproles are both active and contributing.
Going in to halftime with a 28-10 lead, Colston has already racked up 94 yards on six catches and also has a touchdown. Sproles had 13 yards on four carries and a touchdown as well as 76 yards on seven receptions and another touchdown. Yes, Sproles fumbled a punt return that eventually led to a Cowboys’ score, but his two scores more than make up for that.
Going in to halftime with an 18-point lead over your opponent is not necessarily a guaranteed win in the NFL, but Saints fan have to feel good with the game so far. Colston is a proven, reliable veteran who holds the record for most receptions in Saints’ history. He may not be a superstar like Detroit Lions‘ Calvin Johnson, but he is productive. The same goes for Sproles, who was possibly the best free-agency acquisition in 2011 after his days with the San Diego Chargers.
If the first half was any indication of how the entire game will unfold, Saints fans should be very happy.