A slightly shorter look at the Saints offense comes down to three guys in my opinion. Brees, Colston and Henderson. I don’t care what you think of Pierre Thomas. I don’t care what you think of Reggie Bush, and I certainly don’t care what you think about Jeremy Shockey. Could they get lucky and break a huge play? Sure. Am I going to bet on it? Not a chance.
Brees knows these opportunities don’t come along too often, so he won’t be so quick to allow the game to rest on whose knees are holding up best at the line of scrimmage. Fat chance of that. And my gut is telling me the experienced Colts will get the first score, leaving Brees to play catch up through the air during most of the game. Sooner or later, you’ll see those 40 yard passes either connecting or getting run back the other way.
Last week I predicted Bush and Colston would be duds, and they were. And that’s a perfect example of what’s held the Saints down this year – their inconsistency. Even Brees has been up and down, although you wouldn’t believe it by taking a quick glance at his season stats. I expect Colston to make his mark here, 110 yards and at least one score, probably a deep bomb. But Henderson will get most of the looks, which is a mistake in my opinion, but it seems to be where the team has gone the last month. Bush is only as good as his one big breakaway, and if that doesn’t happen, he’ll get you 20 yards rushing, 20 yards passing, and a big doughnut on the scoreboard.
Pierre Thomas almost put the ball in the end zone 6 times this year, and the Saints did not have an extremely difficult schedule. Would you trust him down by 4 with the ball on the 5 yard line? He almost couldn’t get a yard leaping through the air against the Vikings (and nearly had the ball busted loose to boot.)
Yeah, the saying goes this year that the Saints can beat you in so many ways. Maybe, but Brees is only as good as his machine’s cogs. Plus, anyone else notice his throws were coming out wobbly in the second half of the Vikings game?