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Week 7 Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 46, Miami Dolphins 34


New Orleans Saints

QB Drew Brees, Pass: 22 - 38 - 298 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 2

Brees stood tall despite being harassed all day by unstoppable blitzes from the Dolphins. The Saints were constantly in terrible down and distance situations early, and Brees coughed the ball up twice when he got snowed under by pass rushers. He also threw an early INT on a miscommunication with Devery Henderson. The only score the Saints had until late in the first half came after a long kickoff return. Finally late in the half, Brees drove the Saints down and scored on a QB sneak on a play that could have left the Saints empty-handed if it didn't work because there was only a few seconds left in the half. The successful blitzing didn't stop in the second half, but there were more plays that the Dolphins just sent four, and Brees carved apart the 'Fins defense when he was given time. He scored on another sneak in the second half, and threw a TD to Marques Colston on a rollout play deep in Miami territory. Brees had two other interceptions on a tipped ball, and a pass at the goal line that was taken away from Colston. Colston couldn't get another possible TD that he had both hands on late in the game. Even though Brees had more turnovers than TDs, his energy and efforts helped turn the game and surge the Saints past the Dolphins in the end.

RB Mike Bell, Rush: 12 - 80 - 0

Bell was barely heard from in the first half, but his hard-charging style helped the Saints take control of the game in the fourth quarter. He was displaying his decisive one-cut running style that results in broken tackles and good gains. Bell broke one run for a long run with a strong initial burst and good vision. He had two carries inside the five, but couldn't get in the end zone.

RB Pierre Thomas, Rush: 8 - 30 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0

Thomas was running hard, breaking tackles early and getting the between the tackles running game established until the Dolphins opened up a big early lead. His initial burst is impressive, and this will probably be a low water mark for Thomas's production.

RB Reggie Bush, Rush: 3 - 10 - 1, Rec: 3 - 16 - 0

Bush wasn't used much except in the red zone. He was well-covered on his few targets in the regular offense, but he was able to find room to run on a double reverse in the red zone that he punctuated by soaring over the pylon even though he took off from around the five-yard line. Bush also had a couple of receptions in the red zone, but seems to be a novelty player for this team right now.

RB Heath Evans, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 2 - 3 - 0

Evans continues to get a red zone touch or two a game, something to note for those of you in extremely deep leagues.

WR Devery Henderson, Rush: 1 - 13 - 0, Rec: 4 - 71 - 0

Henderson didn't get any deep targets because Drew Brees didn't have time to let those develop, but he did have a long catch and run and got open more as the game went on. He also had a nice gain on an end around.

WR Marques Colston, Rec: 5 - 72 - 1

Colston was dominant in the middle of the field, but he did have a few moments he'd like to forget. Even though he was extremely productive, Colston had one pass taken away from him for an interception at the goal line, and he also had a few balls go glancing off of his hands, including one in the end zone. Otherwise, Colston was kicking butt and taking names, getting open between the hashes and breaking tackles after the catch.

WR Lance Moore, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0

Moore had a two-minute drill catch late in the first half and a second half red zone catch, but he was not featured in the passing game plan that exploited the weakness of Dolphins safeties covering the middle of the field.

WR Robert Meachem

Meachem's name was never called as the Saints didn't have the protection to make any deep throws today.

TE Jeremy Shockey, Rec: 4 - 105 - 0

Shockey was very quiet during the first during his return to south Florida, but in the second half he made his presence known by getting wide open downfield and then abusing Gibril Wilson with his stiff arm for about 20-25 yards after the catch. He seemed very pumped up and helped energize the Saints on their march to victory.


Miami Dolphins

QB Chad Henne, Pass: 18 - 36 - 211 - 0 TD / 2 INT

You can't really say Henne played badly, but the Dolphins defense and running backs really kept them in this game more than Henne did. Henne had one long pass play on a quick slant to Brian Hartline, but most of his completions and yardage came when the Dolphins were trying to overcome a late deficit. He was under a lot of pressure and let down by some drops. His two pick sixes came on a ball Ted Ginn juggled right into Darren Sharper, and on a desperation 4th and 13 at the end of the game.

QB Pat White, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0

White was sacked on his one touch for a loss, and he also handed off to Ronnie Brown in the wildcat on his TD run.

RB Ronnie Brown, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 16 - 48 - 1

Brown was his typical patient and powerful self, getting four and five yards with ease by running downhill in the wildcat until the Saints really tightened up their defense against the formation, then Brown was mainly held in check. He broke a tackle and walked into the end zone on his TD run, but didn't have any other big plays. Brown did throw a nice pass on the move to Anthony Fasano late in the game, but Fasano dropped it.

RB Ricky Williams, Rush: 9 - 80 - 3, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0

Williams had one of the best games of his career by scoring twice as the wildcat QB at the goal line, and breaking a 68-yard TD on a well-blocked toss play that displayed Williams outstanding burst and second gear for a back over 30. He wasn't able to do much on his other touches.

RB Lousaka Polite, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0

Polite continues to get a handful of short yardage carries and leads the way as a blocker in the power running game.

WR Greg Camarillo, Rec: 5 - 55 - 0

Camarillo didn't make any highlight plays, but he ran precise routes, getting good separation and finishing the play with reliable hands on late drives when the Dolphins tried to keep up with the Saints comeback bid. He is in a rotation with three other receivers, but he seems to have the best chemistry with Chad Henne.

WR Ted Ginn, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0

Ginn continues to look more like a pretender every week. He had multiple drops, a juggle that turned into a Darren Sharper touchdown, and generally played soft, especially on balls that he had to compete for in the air. Ginn wasn't getting separation on any routes with breaks, and on one of his downfield targets he was looking a flag even though it was a clean breakup. The Dolphins were trying to use him early, but his targets were either halting Miami's momentum or creating big plays for New Orleans. His star is diminishing quickly.

WR Davone Bess, Rec: 3 - 13 - 0

Bess made a few very athletic plays, including a twisting catch in the first half and a nice run after catch on a screen, but his fumble trying to get extra yards after the catch when the Dolphins were up 24-3 late in the first half was the turning point of the game. He wasn't targeted much as Ted Ginn got a lot of early looks, and Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline got the looks later in the game.

WR Brian Hartline, Rec: 3 - 94 - 0

Hartline is earning more playing time every week. He took a quick slant 67 yards to the Saints four-yard line after he broke a tackle, and showed strong running after the catch on another quick slant in the red zone that he almost scored on. Hartline was the most valuable fantasy receiver for the Dolphins today, and that trend could continue as we get deeper into the season because he seems to have the best combination of playmaking ability and consistency in this wide receiver corps.

TE Anthony Fasano, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0

Fasano had a nice downfield catch in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, but any nice memory of that was wiped out by a ham-handed drop of a nice Ronnie Brown pass out of the wildcat that killed the first drive the Dolphins had after the Saints took the lead in the fourth quarter.