FURTHER REVIEW: New Orleans Saints bounce back against Chicago Bears
What a difference a week can make.
In the NFL season-opening game at Green Bay, the New Orleans Saints struggled against the Super Bowl champion Packers and their stellar quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
In week two, the Saints were able to take out their frustrations on Bears signal caller Jay Cutler. The New Orleans defense sacked Cutler six times for 58 yards and accounted for 10 quarterback hits in the game. Saints safety Roman Harper and defensive end Junior Galette tallied two sacks each.
The barrage on the Bears quarterback stood out as the story of the game, as the Saints cruised to a 30-13 win. One Chicago newspaper featured a photo of Cutler on the Superdome turf, clutching his helmet as if the whole experience caused the worst headache ever. The headline read:?The Big Queasy.
No doubt Cutler was ready to board a plane bound for the Windy City and leave the so-called Big Easy.
Of course, it was a busy day of work for the quarterback. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz called 52 passes plays and just 11 handoffs. Cutler threw 45 times, was sacked on six dropbacks and scrambled once.
On the other side of the field, Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a better day. He completed 26 of 37 passes for 270 yards without an interception. Brees threw three touchdown passes, including a 79-yard bomb to Devery?Henderson, a 12-yard tip-toe score to Darren Sproles and a 4-yard dart to Robert Meachem.
Receivers like Henderson and Meachem had increased opportunities due to an injury to starter Marques Colston.
As usual, Brees spread the wealth. Receivers, backs and tight ends were all involved in the offense. Tight end Jimmy Graham finsihed with six catches for 79 yards, including a leaping grab that recalled the skills from his basketball days.
“I think we made some improvement from week one to week two,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said Monday.
“We wanted to come back and play well after a tough loss at Green Bay,” he said. “That’s what you think about during the week - not starting in a hole.”