Drew Brees completed 34-of-44 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the Saints’ 20-10 Week 8 win over the Steelers.
Brees bounced back in a big way after last week’s disheartening loss to the Browns. He was just OK before halftime but went off in the second half, completing a ridiculous 20-of-22 passes for 191 yards and two scores. His 34 completions are the most the Steelers have allowed in eight years. Brees currently leads the NFL with his 16 touchdown passes.
Owner Jerry Jones suggested Sunday night that he may now be willing to reconsider his stance on firing head coach Wade Phillips before the end of the season.
Jones gave mixed signals. He insisted that "not in any way" did he want to make a coaching change. Yet he also stated that he doesn’t think "there is anybody in the world who would doubt that I’m willing to do something hard … something that doesn’t feel good to me." He also stated after Sunday’s loss that he’s never been more disappointed in or surprised by his team’s performance. Nothing is imminent, but Jerry is now at least considering a change.
Coach Jeff Fisher predicted Sunday night that Kenny Britt would miss "an extended period of time" with his hamstring injury.
Fortunately the Titans have a Week 9 before returning to action Nov. 14 at Miami, but that may not be enough time for Britt to heal. He spent the second half in street clothes, and serious hamstring injuries have been known to linger for considerably longer than two weeks.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Percy Harvin’s left ankle injury appears to be "serious."
The Pio Press passes along that Harvin was "limping severely" in the locker room after the game. "It’s hurting pretty bad and it probably was adrenaline that got me through," Harvin told reporters. "I couldn’t do much but I was able to fight through it. Go and see the trainers Monday and we’ll know then." Harvin is almost certain to miss practice time this week.
Rashard Mendenhall racked up 71 yards and a score on 15 carries as the Steelers fell to New Orleans 20-10 Sunday night.
Our View: Mendenhall never really got going in this one, and 38 of his yards came on a fourth quarter touchdown scamper. Still, he’s now scored six touchdowns in seven games this season, and he found a way to get into the end zone against a very tough Saints defense, even if his numbers were unspectacular yet again. He hasn’t gone over 100 yards since Week 3.
Marques Colston reeled in six passes for 75 yards and a scores as the Saints knocked off the Steelers 20-10.
Our View: Colston scored his first touchdown of the season in last week’s loss to the Browns, and he backed that up with another one this week. Still, he could have had quite a few more yards if not for some early drops. He’s finally putting up bigger numbers, however, and the continued emergences of Lance Moore and Robert Meachem will only help him see more single coverage. Over his past four games, he’s hauled in 28 passes for 337 yards and two scores.
Ben Roethlisberger hit on 17-of-28 passes for 195 yards and an interception in Pittsburgh’s 20-10 loss to the Saints.
Our View: Roethlisberger’s interception came in the final minute when the game was already out of reach. He wasn’t great, but he didn’t make any big mistakes, and he seems to be developing nice chemistry with Mike Wallace. He spread the ball around nicely, though his stats were easily his worst since rejoining the team. Of course, playing against the defending World Champions in New Orleans on Halloween night will do that.
Drew Brees completed 34-of-44 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in New Orleans’s 20-10 win over the Steelers.
Our View: Brees’ interception came on an under-thrown ball near the end of the first half, but he was very effective otherwise. His 34 completions were the most against the Steelers since 2002, and he looked a lot more like 2009 Brees in the win. He’s still an elite fantasy QB, and despite his struggles this year, he’s gone over 300 yards in three of his past six games.
According to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Percy Harvin’s left ankle injury is “serious.”
Our View: Harvin was reportedly limping pretty badly in the locker room after the game, and this seems to confirm the earlier statements. Harvin did play through the pain during the game, but he credited his ability to finish to “adrenaline,” and he’s now a strong candidate to miss some time. Stay tuned.
Coach Tom Cable reiterated after Sunday’s win that Bruce Gradkowski remains the Raiders’ starter when healthy.
Jason Campbell has won back-to-back games and threw for 310 yards and two TDs in Sunday’s trouncing of Seattle. Gradkowski may ultimately be Cable’s best option, but Campbell is stating a strong case. The depth chart could formally change if Campbell leads the Raiders to a third straight win in Week 9. Gradkowski (shoulder) doesn’t seem likely to be ready to face the Chiefs.