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Halo 10-19-2009 11:02 AM

10 plays that helped the Saints crush the Giants
 
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Why are the Saints the most complete team in the NFL?

It’s a combination of big and little things, but clearly, all the parts fit perfectly for the Saints. Here are 10 key plays and decisions as they dominated the New York Giants in a matchup of unbeatens:

1) Drew Brees’s scramble

Three plays into the game, Brees showed no hesitation when everyone was covered on third-and-3. He sprinted up the middle and dove instead of sliding to make sure he picked up the first down.

Brees is no runner, but he knows how important the opening drive is in setting the tone.

2) Lance Moore’s concentration

Moore led the Saints with 79 receptions for 928 yards last year and was Brees’ go-to guy in clutch situations, but he has been hampered by a hamstring injury this season. Fully healthy for the first time against the Giants, he made a huge play right away.

On third-and-8 from the Giants’ 43 during the opening drive, he caught a pass that went right through cornerback Corey Webster’s hands in tight quarters, giving the Saints a first down at the 25. A lesser receiver would have been thrown off by the deflection. Not Moore, who tripled his total through the first four games with six catches.

3) Mike Bell over the top

Bell, New Orleans’ best short-yardage back, returned after missing two weeks with a knee injury and, like Moore, made an immediate difference. With the Saints facing a fourth-and-1 from the 2, he leaped over the top for a touchdown.

If the Giants had stuffed him, as they did to Pierre Thomas on fourth-and-goal later in the half, who knows what would have happened?

READ THE REST OF GUERRY'S TOP TEN KEY PLAYS AND DECISIONS AT THE EXAMINER.COM. HELP SUPPORT GUERRY BY CLICKING THROUGH THIS LINK!! - Thanks Everyone! Halo

4) Charles Grant’s hustle play

5) Jabari Greer’s coverage ability...

boonedocksaint 10-19-2009 11:11 AM

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i missed charles grants hustle play. what play is he reffering to?

i'm sorry i missed it. charles grant and will smith, wow. they're baaaaaaaaack!

Halo 10-19-2009 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by boonedocksaint (Post 171161)
i missed charles grants hustle play. what play is he reffering to?

i'm sorry i missed it. charles grant and will smith, wow. they're baaaaaaaaack!

Click through the link and read the rest!!! The Examiner tracks the links from Black and Gold because they get a lot of them.

Rugby Saint II 10-19-2009 11:24 AM

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He did a great job of breaking down the key components in the win over NY. And he nailed it when he said that Drew's scramble was #1. This was the best victory yet. :)

exile 10-19-2009 11:33 AM

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Good read. Although the title should have been "50 plays that helped..."

Halo 10-19-2009 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by exile (Post 171177)
Good read. Although the title should have been "50 plays that helped..."

Exactly. What went wrong? It was like every play was a top ten reason why we beat the Giants. Saints played a great game.

darstep 10-23-2009 06:54 AM

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#2) Moore is not your average slot guy...not by a long shot. There is a reason Bees likes Moore: he catches EVERYTHING. He makes every adjustment neccessary to make the catch and if he's still on his feet he's dangerous. Drew knows that he can throw to Moore's back shoulder if he has to or go low away from the defender and its not a problem for Moore. I haven't seen him drop, get separated, or even fumble after a catch and he has taken some pretty good licks across the middle and pop-up ready for the next go-round. He's a hands-catcher and not a bread-basket-catcher (Henderson) which makes him amazing in traffic and off center throws. Its just a joy to watch him and Drew make db's shake their heads. I want to see moore...


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