Week 5 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 3, Green Bay Packers 52
What you need to know
The Saints took advantage of great field position on their opening possession, marched down the field and scored on a John Carney field goal to break a scoreless tie. Unfortunately for the Saints’ offense that would be the only points they would score the remainder of the game due to costly turnovers, poor play execution and untimely penalties.
Aaron Brooks was ineffective and was pushed around and knocked down by a smothering Green Bay defense. Brooks finished the game completing just nine of 22 passes for 146 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. His decision making and passes continued to deteriorate in the second half which prompted Coach Jim Haslett to pull Brooks and replaced him with Todd Bouman.
Deuce McAllister never found and rhythm in this game after the Saints opening drive that saw him account for 39 total yards. McAllister’s game ended in the third quarter after a Packer defender fell on his right knee. McAllister finished with just 31 yards rushing on 11 attempts and another 33 receiving yards.
Additional Update: FOX Sports is reporting that McAllister has a torn ACL and may miss the rest of the season. The team will have additional testing before making a move but it looks bad as of Monday afternoon. Antowain Smith would likely take over as the #1 RB.
Brett Favre orchestrated one of the most lopsided wins for the Packers since 1966 as they scored 52 unanswered points against New Orleans and cruised to a victory. Favre, who turns 36 on Monday, continues to show he is fully capable of getting the job done for the Packers. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 215, three touchdowns and no interceptions in three quarters of play.
With Ahman Green inactive for the game, Najeh Davenport started the second game of his career and came up big (for a little while) in Green’s absence. Davenport had 12 rushes for 54 and two touchdown runs before a broken ankle finished his afternoon. He broke his right ankle while being dragged down from behind by Saints’ LB Courtney Watson. Davenport was helped off the field and quickly carted off to the locker room will most likely miss the remainder of the season.
The two rushing scores by Davenport were the first rushing touchdowns of the season for Green Bay. Brett Favre started his 230th consecutive game for the Packers. The 52 points scored by Green Bay was the first time the team had scored 50 or more points in 22 years. Rookie quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw his first regular season action of his career.
The Packers’ defense played a superb game against New Orleans shutting down the run and confusing the Saints’ quarterbacks. The defense forced five New Orleans’ turnovers, recorded four sacks and contributed to the scoring with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
What you ought to know
|QB Aaron Brooks, Pass: 9 - 22 - 146 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 32 - 0|
Brooks played awful in the game underthrowing and overthrowing his receivers often and consistently making poor decisions. He was pulled in the third quarter after the game was well out of reach and finished the game completing just nine passes for 146 yards and two interceptions. Brooks’ poor decisions led to both interceptions as he continued to look for Donte Stallworth forcing passes into double coverage and not recognizing the zone coverage.
Bouman came in for an ineffective Aaron Brooks in the third quarter and was equally unsuccessful in moving the offense. Bouman, who had not thrown a pass since the 2003 season, looked very indecisive in the pocket and appeared to lack confidence. He completed only five passes for 31 yards and was intercepted once for a 95 yard touchdown return for Green Bay. Bouman had a second interception called back due to a Packer penalty.
McAllister started off the game with a couple of decent runs and two screen passes that led to the Saints getting a field goal. Deuce McAllister ended with just 31 yards on 11 carries, leaving the game in the third quarter with a right knee sprain. McAllister also added 33 yards in receiving yards.
Additional Update: FOX Sports is reporting that McAllister has a torn ACL and may miss the rest of the season. The team will have additional testing before making a move but it looks bad as of Monday afternoon. Antowain Smith would likely take over as the #1 RB
Smith was slightly more productive than McAllister as he ran for 36 yards on 12 carries. He came into the game in the third quarter after the injury to McAllister and the game was well out of hand.
Stecker was not a factor in the game and saw his only rushing attempt go for negative yardage.
Hakim, who was listed as questionable for the game, was the only bright spot on the Saints’ offense hauling in five passes for 108 yards. His five receptions were the first of the season for Hakim as he started in place of an injured Joe Horn. Hakim finally got noticed by Aaron Brooks in the second quarter and from that point on he gained the confidence of Brooks and was the leading receiver target. All five of his receptions went for 11 yards or more including a 42 yard gain.
Stallworth had just one catch for six yards in the game. He was the target on both of Brooks’ interceptions. Stallworth was blanketed by Packers’ CB Al Harris all day long and was not able to repeat his fantasy numbers from a week ago when he had 129 receiving yards.
Henderson was not a factor in the game and produced no fantasy points. He had no receptions on three targets.
Horn was inactive for the second straight game with an injured hamstring.
Conwell had three catches for 24 yards in the game including an 11 yard gain on fourth and 10 in the fourth quarter. He fumbled in the second quarter after a hard hit from Packers’ Safety Nick Collins that led to another touchdown by Green Bay.
Hilton caught his only pass in the second quarter for a two yard gain.
Carney gave the Saints the lead with a 33 yard field goal in their first possession but everything went downhill from that point forward. Carney finished the game making just one of three field goal attempts. Both of his failed attempts were from 43 yards missing one wide left the other wide right.
The Saints’ rush defense played a respectable game as they held Green Bay to just 94 yards rushing but did allow two touchdowns. Both of the scores allowed on the ground were short yardage touchdowns.
The Saints’ pass defense made it look easy for Brett Favre as they allowed him three touchdown passes in the game. Although they only allowed 215 yards passing, they were unable to put any pressure on Favre, managing no sacks and did not force any interceptions.
|QB Brett Favre, Pass: 19 - 27 - 215 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0|
Favre threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers’ first win of the season. With three scores this week, Favre has thrown seven touchdowns in his last two games contributing to the Packers’ 74 points in the last six quarters of play. Favre looked very confident in the pocket and his inexperienced offensive line provided him ample time to find an open receiver throughout the game. Favre showed plenty of arm strength on a 25 yard touchdown pass to WR Robert Ferguson as he rolled to his left, planted his feet and threw a bullet to Ferguson in the rear of the end zone with two defenders guarding him. Two of his touchdown scores came off beautifully executed play action passes including the score to Ferguson. His other touchdown passes were to his tight ends, Donald Lee and David Martin.
|RB Tony Fisher, Rush: 7 - 19 - 0, Rec: 6 - 40 - 0 (7 targets)|
Fisher was not a factor in the running game with just 19 yards rushing. He was a factor coming in on third down in passing situations and led the Packers with six receptions for 40 yards. Fisher came up just short of the goal line twice in the game; however thanks to Fisher’s hard work Davenport would later score both touchdowns. Fisher will be the #2 behind Ahman Green and will get the start if Green was unable to play.
Davenport, starting for injured starter Ahman Green, had a pair of touchdown runs, but was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a broken right ankle. The injury was sustained when Saints’ LB Courtney Watson pulled Davenport down from behind on the tackle. Davenport started off the game with a three yard loss as he fumbled the hand off from Favre on his first carry of the game. He quickly bounced back and scored on a one yard run on the Packers’ next possession. Davenport would add another touchdown run of four yards early in the second quarter before leaving the game. It appears the broken ankle will end the season for Davenport.
Lee was signed by the Packers on Thursday, finished with 7 yards on seven carries in a mop up role.
Leach was not a factor in the game and had one reception for no gain.
Henderson did not have a carry in the game but did have a reception for eight yards.
Green was inactive for the game. He is hoping to be ready to return after the bye week which is this coming week.
Driver was the leading target for the Packers. He finished the game with five receptions for 48 yards. Favre often looked for Driver in key situations as four of his five receptions were for first downs.
Ferguson had a nice game for fantasy owners with 84 receiving yards on just three catches and a touchdown. Ferguson scored on a 25 yard reception with two defenders on him as he crossed the back of the end zone. He longest reception went for 51 yards that helped set up a touchdown early in the third quarter. Ferguson was also an end zone target in the second quarter from the 15 yard line but the Saints were called for pass interference which put the ball at the one yard line.
Chatman was not a contributor in the game on offense although he did have one rushing attempt on an end around for a five yard gain. Most of his action was on special teams returning punts.
Martin started again this week in place of injured starter Bubba Franks. He finished the game with just two receptions for seven yards but did find the end zone for a touchdown. Martin scored on a one yard pass from Favre on a play action pass that Martin found himself alone in the back of the end zone. It was Martin’s second touchdown in as many weeks.
Lee caught just one pass in the game a 26 yard touchdown which he ran past his defender and the safety did not come over to help leaving him wide open for the score. The touchdown catch was Lee’s second in two weeks on just two receptions for the season.
Franks dressed for the game as was listed as active but did not play.
Longwell was perfect on the day connecting on all seven extra points and his only field goal attempt from 26 yards.
The Packers’ rush defense played solid in the game holding the Saints to 95 yards rushing and no touchdowns. They had six rushing attempts go for negative yards or no gain.
The Packers’ pass defense was stellar allowing just 177 yards passing and a combined passer rating for New Orleans of 20.8. Green Bay has four sacks in the game and three interceptions including two for touchdowns. They had a four interception called back due to a penalty. Packers’ CB Al Harris had two interceptions including a 22 yard pick returned for a touchdown. Linebacker Nick Barnett intercepted a Bouman pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown. Barnett’s interception was the second longest in team history.