The now 7-0 New Orleans Saints had four turnovers but still managed to post 35 points to the Atlanta Falcons 27 Monday night at the Superdome. Quarterback Drew Brees was responsible for two out the four, but made up for it with two passing touchdowns and 308 yards from 25 completions.
The Falcons couldn’t capitalize due to the fact that Matt Ryan tossed away three INT’s himself. “It’s a disappointing loss but it’s a long season,” Ryan said. “There’s a lot that can between now and Week 17. We’ve just got to take care of our business.” In addition to his few costly mistakes Ryan finished out the night with 289 yards and a touchdown. Atlanta was in control until the second quarter when the Saints really took over with 21 more points.
New Orleans has a light schedule ahead for the next few weeks with match up at home against the Carolina Panthers, followed by away games at St Louis and Tampa Bay. The Falcons are set to play the 2-5 Washington Redskins next Sunday in Atlanta.
Week 7 had its share upsets along with typical blowouts. The only two teams with perfect running seasons are now the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. The Titans, Rams, and Buccaneers still have yet to win a single game. The Patriots and Bucs competed in Sunday’s headline contest at Wembley Stadium in London. The event proved the NFL’s ability to be recognized highly on an international level with the 85,000+ in attendance. Tonight’s showdown will feature the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) and the Washington Redskins (2-4) at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. All week 7 scores are listed below.
Sunday, October 25th, 2009Houston Texans 24, San Francisco 49ers 21 – The 49ers scored 14 of their 21 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Texans were able to notch the win by three with a 50 yard FG with seven minutes left.
Green Bay Packers 31, Cleveland Browns 3 – QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three TD’s as the Packers went on to win in convincing fashion.
San Diego Chargers 37, Kansas City Chiefs 7 – The Chargers added ten insurance points to their total in the fourth to coast over Kansas City by 30.
Indianapolis Colts 42, St Louis Rams 6 – QB Peyton Manning racked up three TD’s and 235 passing yards from his 23 total completions.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Minnesota Vikings 17 – The Steelers rallied in the fourth with 14 points and handed Minnesota their first loss of the season.
New England Patriots 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7, New England took control early and often overseas.
New York Jets 38, Oakland Raiders 0 – The Jets made it a point to snap their recent three-game skid by shutting the Raiders offense down entirely, as QB Mark Sanchez and his crew continuously marched down field for 38 total points.
Buffalo Bills 20, Carolina Panthers 9 – Buffalo capitalized on Carolina’s four game turnovers to win by 11.
Cincinnati Bengals 45, Chicago Bears 10 – 25% of Carson Palmers 20 completions resulted in a Bengals TD.
Dallas Cowboys 37, Atlanta Falcons 21 – WR Miles Austin broke out with two TD’s and 171 yards from six receptions.
New Orleans Saints 46, Miami Dolphins 34 – The Saints came back from 21-points out to top Miami and stay undefeated.
Arizona Cardinals 24, New York Giants 17 – The Cardinals defense was able to hold the Giants to just three points in the fourth quarter for the win.
Monday, October 26th, 2009Philadelphia Eagles 27, Washington Redskins 17 - The Eagles scored all 27 points in the first half and easily held the dismal Redskins offense from there.
Bye Week Teams: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently stated that Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick will be eligible to play by the third week of the 2009 NFL regular season. “Hopefully we can have a success story here, which would be good for society in general,” said Goodell. “He’s realistic about the challenges ahead, and anxious to play football.”
The Eagles are set to match up with the New York Jets for their last preseason game before they open up the regular season in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers on September 13th. Vick will be able to officially take the field on September 20th when his team hosts the New Orleans Saints in Philadelphia.
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards record. Brees has already thrown for 3,574 yards, and has 5 more games to reach Marino’s record of 5,084. His big night on Monday brought him even closer. Brees was 20-26 with 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. The New Orleans dominated the Green Bay Packers 51- 29, including a Saint’ franchise record 54th touchdown by veteran running back Deuce McAllister.
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After many months of publicly expressing his unhappiness with the New York Giants offensive system, TE Jeremy Shockey was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for second- and a fifth-round draft pick in 2009.
New Orleans had been after Shockey since February but the Giants held onto their former Pro-Bowl tight end because they felt he was too valuable to give up for what was being offered. Originally, the Saints had only offered the second-round pick, and then right before the NFL draft they threw in the fifth-round pick as well but the Giants didn’t budge.
After more disgruntled complaints from Shockey, the Giants finally said enough was enough and accepted the Saints offer, handing the remainder of Shockey’s contract over to New Orleans club.
One of the main reasons the Saints were so adamant about acquiring Shockey was the fact that their offensive coordinator in Sean Payton was a former offensive coordinator for the Giants and worked with Shockey during his rookie season when he made 74 receptions for 894 yards.
So far in his six-year NFL career, Shockey has totaled 371 receptions for 4,228 yards and 27 touchdowns. That reception mark leaves him at fourth all-time in Giants history.