Jason Campbell played one of his best games of the season. His only real poor decision was an interception at the end of regulation that gave the Saints to put us out of our misery a little early. He got great protection from the offensive line. There are still issues with run blocking. I know we started to run the ball a bit at the end of the game, but the final tally was
still only 88 yards, and we were still unable to put it in the end zone for the clinching touchdown at the end.
Defensively, the numbers obviously aren't great, but Drew Brees will do that to any pass defense. I liked the way we defended the run and we made Brees lock in exclusively on Robert Meacham. That Brees and the Saints were undeterred says more positive about them, than it does anything negative about the defense. But good and bad, there it is, another bad loss. Dallas...Philadelphia...New Orleans. The beat goes on.
Elsewhere in the division, Philly turned in a thoroughly dominating performance in Atlanta in winning 34-7 over the fading Falcons. It was enough to put them into a tie for first, as the Giants beat Dallas in the Meadowlands. Tony Romo threw 55 times, a serious problem for a team that once pummeled people with Marion Barber and Julius Jones. Romo got his yards, but big plays weren't missing. Eli Manning made those
plays and got the win 31-24. Beyond the East, Minnesota's all but done in the push for the NFC's top seed, after Kurt Warner lit up the pass defense, and the Cards' own D kept Brett Favre to short passes and intercepted him twice. It speaks volumes to the Saints' season, that Minnesota's 10-2 and not only are they not leading the conference, we're talking about them being finished in the push for the bullet.
Events in the AFC were nothing short of shocking, as both the Patriots and Steelers fell. These were the two favorites of the pre-season, Pittsburgh as defending champion, and New England and as an alternate "defending champ", bringing Brady back for the first time since the 16-0 campaign of 2007. The Patriots are still in first place in the East. The Steelers still have a good shot at the playoffs. But both are reeling badly in comparison to Indianapolis and surging San Diego.