New Orleans couldn't be stopped in their 8 previous games, and today would be no different. Despite getting 175 total yards out of Steven Jackson, and winning the turnover differential battle; the Rams couldn't pull off the upset.
The Rams offense today was pretty solid piling up 434 total yards that went for 23 first downs. Marc Bulger just fell short of a 300 yard passing game as he finished with 298 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns went to wide receiver Donnie Avery. Avery finished with 4 receptions for 67 yards. His two touchdown receptions were good for 29 and 19 yards. Steven Jackson was the workhorse once again as he piled up 131 yards rushing on 26 carries. He scored his second touchdown of the season late in the second quarter on a 2-yard run. Jackson also caught 9 passes for 45 yards. Rookie receiver Brandon Gibson led the rams with 93 receiving yards. He was acquired in the trade that send Will Witherspoon to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Rams defense wasn't able to get the job done though despite forcing 3 turnovers. Drew Brees was intercepted twice and O.J. Atogwe forced a key fumble of Marques Colston right near the goal line. The ball actually went out of the side of the end zone for a touchback. The Rams couldn't get pressure on Drew Brees as he was only sacked once. The Rams had trouble stopping the big play as they gave up two runs of 40+ yards. The opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown by Courtney Roby and broke the 14-14 tie. It would put the Saints ahead for the rest of the game as they improved to 9-0.
Next Week St. Louis faces tough opposition as the Arizona Cardinals come to the Edward Jones Dome for a 3:05pm kickoff. The Cardinals currently lead the division at 6-3.