Green Bay Packers (23) Fall to Saints (44) in Last Game Before the Bye
GREEN BAY, WI – 10/27/2014 – In the last game before their bye week, the Packers had a tough game. While the New Orleans Saints came in sporting a 2-4 record, they’re always a tough team to play in their own house. The game started off well enough for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers threw a 70-yard catch-and-run to Randall Cobb for a touchdown just two minutes into the game. Unfortunately, the defense (who was without starting cornerback Sam Shields & safety Morgan Burnett) started off the same way as their New Orleans counterparts. The Saints first drive was filled with big plays and was capped off with a four yard touchdown run on an end-around to Brandin Cooks. The first half was literally tit for tat, as both teams went into halftime with 16 points apiece. Both defenses used the “bend, don’t break” mentality and held the other team to a field goal three times each in the first and second quarter.
Going into the second half, the Packers couldn’t maintain the pace that the Saints were scoring at. The Packers let up two touchdowns in the third quarter of 50-yards and 22-yards respectively. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a hamstring injury and really hampered his ability to scramble and extend plays, although he was able to gimp into the end-zone on a wide-open 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter before being sidelined for the remainder of the game.
For the Saints, they had the offensive showing that most people expected all season long. Drew Brees went 27/32 for 311 yards and threw three touchdown passes. Runningback Mark Ingram, who has been sidelined for much of the season gashed the Packers defense for 172 yards on 24 carries (7.2ypc) and scored his only touchdown on a 21-yard run with 3:16 left to go in the game. The Saints had five receivers who averaged more than ten yards per reception: Brandin Cooks (6 rec, 94yds, TD), Jimmy Graham (5 rec, 59yds, TD), Kenny Stills (4 rec, 57yds), Marques Colston (4 rec, 49yds), and Travaris Cadet (4 rec, 40yds) all took advantage of the Packers’ depleted secondary.
Offensively, the Packers’ numbers all looked good at the end of the game, but didn’t match up with the final score. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 418 yards while completing 72% of his passes. He also threw the one touchdown to Randall Cobb, and two interceptions; his first interceptions since week 1 in Seattle. Eddie Lacy ran decently enough for the Packers, tallying 59 yards on 13 carries. Lacy did most of his damage in the passing game, catching 8 passes for 123 yards. Randall Cobb had his second consecutive great game, gaining 126 yards on five receptions and a touchdown. Jordy Nelson was oddly quiet in this one, gaining only 25 yards on just three catches.
The Packers are off this weekend, and will look to rebound the following Sunday at home against the Chicago Bears (November 9th) on Sunday Night Football! Be sure to keep up with all of your Green Bay Packers football coverage here with us at 98.3 WRUP!
-Carl Leander Johnson