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Drew Brees has a game to forget as Rams beat Saints

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Drew Brees had been all but unstoppable for the Saints this season. Who knew the St. Louis Rams would be the team to stop him?

The Rams’ defense got pressure in Brees’s face all day and frustrated him into costly mistakes as St. Louis pulled off one of the most surprising upsets of this NFL season, beating the Saints 31-21.

Brees’s game-clinching mistake was a pass into coverage that Rams defensive back Darian Stewart intercepted and ran back 27 yards for a touchdown, giving the Rams a 31-14 lead with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. That sealed an uncharacteristically lousy game for the Saints’ offense, and it changed the way we’ll think about both teams going forward.

For the Rams, their first win of the season means they’re no longer among the front runners for the first overall pick in the draft — the winless Colts and winless Dolphins will duke it out for that honor.

For the Saints, it’s now clear that this high-powered offense can be stopped, especially when the front four can get pressure on Brees. Rams defensive end Chris Long frustrated Brees all day and sacked him three times, and you can bet every team that plays the Saints the rest of the year will be looking to get the same kind of pressure on Brees.

If the Saints are going to be a playoff team, they have some problems that need to be fixed.

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29 Responses to “Drew Brees has a game to forget as Rams beat Saints”
  1. pauliepennino says: Oct 30, 2011 4:18 PM

    They’ll be a playoff team…on the road.

  2. mdd913 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:18 PM

    Yes, we know, Saints are terrible, Saints fans deserved it, Packers are invincible, blah blah blah. Get it all out.

  3. jhart615 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:19 PM

    any given sunday…

  4. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 30, 2011 4:21 PM

    They deserved that beatdown after coming out and playing like that on both sides of the ball.

  5. asublimeday says: Oct 30, 2011 4:23 PM

    Genius revelation! Pressure the QB into mistakes? Yes, the rams are truly innovators.

  6. cubanotron says: Oct 30, 2011 4:23 PM

    The Rams play-to-play guy said it right. If you let Drew have time he surveys the field and picks you apart. If you get pressure on him, he gets locked in to one receiver and you can get INTs. And I am a Saints fan. The defense needs work. From Coordinator to Scheme to starting players.

  7. mnewchu says: Oct 30, 2011 4:24 PM

    I would like to say congrats to the Rams and their fans. The Rams had a gameplan and the executed and made my Saints look hapless. No excuses here. The Rams wanted the win more than the Saints. Plain and simple.

  8. gioreeko says: Oct 30, 2011 4:24 PM

    Can we just give the Packers the trophy now, and re-start another season in two weeks?

  9. mdd913 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:25 PM

    pauliepennino says: Oct 30, 2011 4:18 PM

    They’ll be a playoff team…on the road

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    Congratulations

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:25 PM

    Weird. That pre-game fight song usually works better…

  11. otis52gsh says: Oct 30, 2011 4:34 PM

    That’s why they play the games fight?

  12. emoney826 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:37 PM

    Saints fans should not be frustrated over this. Everyone has a bad game every now and then. They’re still a good team. They’ll still get the #2 seed in the playoffs. And they’ll still end their season at Lambeau Field.

  13. mikehockhurtz says: Oct 30, 2011 4:47 PM

    Romo throws picks…he gets railroaded

    Brees throws picks…he gets a free pass

  14. chc4 says: Oct 30, 2011 4:55 PM

    Will the Rams please go back to the throwback unis full time? I miss them. Their current unis are hideous.

  15. mikehockhurtz says: Oct 30, 2011 4:57 PM

    That damn rally squirrel….

  16. rhymenoceros9 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:03 PM

    I think the Bucs did a pretty good job at shutting down Brees…

  17. ramofsteel says: Oct 30, 2011 5:07 PM

    RAMS!!!! LOL. What a week…I bet the Cards gave some magic to the Rams!

    Games like this make me love to be a St. Louis Rams fan!!!

  18. teflonjon says: Oct 30, 2011 5:14 PM

    “Rams defensive end Chris Long frustrated Brees all day and sacked him three times, and you can bet every team that plays the Saints the rest of the year will be looking to get the same kind of pressure on Brees.”

    Do you really think that before this game teams were not trying to get pressure on Brees and that the Rams have formulated an innovative and novel concept that will now be adopted by other teams across the league that were previously too scared to try such an outlandish scheme?

  19. vikescry1 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:24 PM

    Wow, didn’t see this coming? Don’t worry saints it was only one game, everyone has a bad game once in a while. a packers fan.

  20. docboss says: Oct 30, 2011 5:34 PM

    Why was Nicks ready to fight one of the coaches near the end of the game?
    Saints looked flat. Perhaps they viewed this game as a BYE.

  21. wamj2008 says: Oct 30, 2011 5:45 PM

    Packers just locked up the NFC.

  22. bucforever says: Oct 30, 2011 6:44 PM

    I hope The Bucs really study that game film so that Brees dosen’t take out his frustration on them next sunday. GO BUCS!

  23. ultimatecardinalwarrior says: Oct 30, 2011 6:54 PM

    Today was Chris Long’s coming out party. He’s going to be dominant very soon.

  24. beedubyatoo says: Oct 30, 2011 7:37 PM

    As a Packer fan, I don’t even underwstand why they’re in this discussion about the Saints. The Packers are not even half way through the season and could still end up 16-0 or 7-9, or anything in between. Do like nthe Pack does and concentrate on the next game.

  25. howley1 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:40 PM

    Relax, it’s just the Rams.

  26. rtmus53 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:45 PM

    koolbreeze7 says:
    Oct 29, 2011 11:12 PM
    SAINTS could beat them in a rematch….Im convinced!!!!

    This came from the Packers post yesterday…I think koolbreeze was psychic because he HAS to be talking about the game the Saints lost today!

  27. koolbreeze7 says: Oct 30, 2011 11:43 PM

    @ rtmus53……..
    Ok, I’ll take that. But the season aint over! Anything can happen on any given Sunday. Bet the Pack wont go 16-0.

  28. gosuhgo says: Oct 31, 2011 12:09 AM

    Damn Brees is average…take away that 5td laugher and he’s 14-10 td int.

  29. diablito0402 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:48 AM

    Blow out an 0-6 team 62-10 and the next 0-6 team they face runs them out the building 31-21lol karma for running up the score against the colts hahaha!!!

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