Saints Game Balls: Grinders Carry Team to Victory

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints dives with the ball to convert on a fourth down in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints really had to grind this win out in Baltimore facing off against the Ravens on Sunday afternoon. The Saints offense struggled against one of the better defenses in football, and the teams found themselves in a defensive slug fest for three grueling quarters of football. The Saints rallied from being down 17-7, and were given the victory by fate. The NFL’s most accurate kicker in NFL history missed his first career extra point with 47 seconds to go.

Oh, yeah. Drew Brees has still not thrown an interception. Here are the game balls that we have decided to award the Saints in their victory.

Game Ball One: WR Michael Thomas

How can you talk about this game without mentioning Michael Thomas? The man continued his incredible season, playing like a magnet to the football while making critical catches that kept Saints possessions alive. Not to mention, he caught the touchdown that put the Saints up 21-17.

While his statsheet doesn’t show it, Thomas had a huge game. He caught 7 of his 9 targets for 69 yards and the score. Thomas has hands of glue, and seems to make the impossible happen in key moments. He had a crazy good game, and that’s promising for the continued success of the team.

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Game Ball Two: DE Alex Okafor

Alex Okafor finally showed his face in the pass rushing unit, and at a critical moment too. Okafor brought down Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco while the score was 17-14, a third down play that prevented the Ravens from putting another score on the board and gave the Saints a chance.

He had a big game, getting 3 tackles, the Saints lone sack, 2 hits on the quarterback and deflected a pass. Okafor played in 43 snaps, 63% of the total defensive plays. Okafor earned this game ball with the sack play alone.

Game Ball Three: QB Drew Brees

It seems as if we give him a game ball every week, but Brees keeps breaking monumental achievements. He’s doing a fantastic job so far this season protecting the the football and making sure that it isn’t turned over. This continued Sunday afternoon against the Ravens.

Brees went 22 of 30 for 212 yards and 2 scores, his 500th and 501st of his career. His passer rating landed at 114.9. Brees still looks like an MVP candidate this season, leading the NFL with a 77.2% completion percentage and a 121.6 passer rating. Drew is the man in New Orleans, and should be for the rest of time.

In all, it was good to see the team face a little adversity and pass by it, even if it was a little lucky. The Saints are primed for a big year ahead, and another tough win is good for the team and their confidence.


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