The group led by superstar Drew Brees had a monster game as they put up 49 points on the Cowboys’ secondary, picked up 625 total yards and recorded 40 consecutive first downs as several players had solid outings. They were led by a stellar performance from Brees, who ended with 392 yards and four TD passes.
Outside from the quarterback, however, no one had a bigger impact than running back Darren Sproles.
The 5-foot-6 offensive weapon was doubtful until late this week, but after undergoing the NFL concussion protocol, he was cleared to play and made his presence felt in the game early and often. Sproles was continuously targeted and he produced every time the team needed him.
He finished the game with 88 total yards (76 receiving and 12 rushing) and two TDs but most importantly, he showed he was healthy enough to make a difference down the stretch. Despite a limited yardage total, Sproles has already shown throughout this season that he can be a threat rushing (130 yards, two TDs) and through the air (444 yards, two TDs), and his performance against the Cowboys did nothing but confirm that.
Sproles is mostly used as a target in quick plays, screen passes and near the red zone, where his lower body strength and speed allows him to be a nightmare for opposing defenses. If he can stay healthy towards the playoffs, then New Orleans will have a difference-maker in both the rushing and passing attack.