The New Orleans Saints played their best all around game of the season using an aggressive defense and long sought after run game to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-13. The Saints improve to 3-5 having won 3 of their last 4 games while the Eagles drop to 3-5.
Cornerback Patrick Robinson had the defensive highlight of the night corralling a ball off an Eagles receiver and taking it 99-yards for a touchdown. Robinson's return tied former Saints safety Darren Sharper for the longest interception return for a score in team history.
Entering the game I wrote about how the Philadelphia offensive line had struggled all year and the Saints defensive line feasted on the opportunity. 7 sacks by the Black and Gold defense on the night led by defensive end Cameron Jordan’s three sacks. Will Smith had two, Brodrick Bunkley and Martez Wilson each had a sack. The Saints defense hit Vick 12 times on the night and kept the Eagles offense 0-5 in the redzone. Philly had four first and goals and came away with two fumbles and the Robinson pick-six.
One of the loudest ovations of the night was when running back Chris Ivory took to the field and it was a sign of things to come as the Saints rushed for 140 yards on the night, 106 yards in the first half. On the first drive of the second quarter it was the Ivory and Ingram show. Ivory started the drive with a 9 yard carry, Ingram added a 5 yard carry, followed by a 23 yard run and two players later Ivory scored from 22 yards out sending the dome into a frenzy.
The Saints offense was the most balance that I can remember as Brees was 21 for 27 for 239 yards to go with two touchdowns and no picks. Running backs Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Travaris Cadet combined for 24 carries. Ivory led the way with 10 rushes for 48 yards averaging 4.8 yards per carry to go with his touchdown. Ingram carried it seven times for 44 yards averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Thomas also had 44 yards on six carries and Cadet rushed the ball once for five yards.
Next up for the Saints, start the countdown as the undefeated Atlanta Falcons come to the Dome on Sunday for a high noon kickoff.
GLEASON TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Steve Gleason was taken away by ambulance in the first quarter of Monday night’s game after he became unresponsive. The former New Orleans Saint was taken to Ochsner hospital where he was reported to be alert.
Gleason participated in Gleason Gras Sunday, an event to raise awareness and money to fight ALS.
General manager Mickey Loomis’s 8 game suspension is now over and can return to the team. Loomis has not been with the team since the start of the season.
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