For any fan of Mizzou football the performance Chase Daniel had for the New Orleans Saints in week No. 2 of the NFL pre-season was no surprise.
But it certainly caught the attention of the Saints and their fans, as Daniel took over for Drew Brees and threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers and took the Saints on scoring drives of 51, 83, 65 and 60 yards against the Houston Texans.
Overall he was 15 of 21 for 182 yards, three TDs, one INT, one sack, and a 117.5 passer rating.
“I was really proud of Chase,” Brees said after the Saints 38-20 victory. “He’s worked extremely hard this offseason. He’s had success despite the odds throughout his career. He wins games, and he makes plays. There’s something to be said for that.”
For his part, Daniel was just happy for the chance to get some playing time. He hasn’t seen much of that in the NFL since he left Mizzou after the ’08 season.
“I think I played pretty well,” Daniel said. “I was confident in the huddle, and our playmakers made some great plays. Obviously, there were some mistakes, but I was pretty happy with how I played.”
Daniel threw an interception that set up a Houston field goal and he also failed to beat the play clock at one point, leading to a delay of game penalty.
“There were some good things,” New Orleans head coach Sean Payton said. “His job is to move the football and score. I thought he did that. But his job is not to throw interceptions and his job is not to let the clock run out and get delay-of-game penalties. There are a lot of things for him to work on.”
REDSKINS RUNNING GAME MAY NOT INCLUDE L.J.
Last week against Baltimore, the Washington Redskins ran for 25 yards on 14 carries. The team’s longest running play was nine yards and there was another for seven. That means the other 12 carries went for a total of nine yards.
The most disappointing figure in all of this was Larry Johnson. He carried eight times for a mere four yards. Clinton Portis ran twice for 14 yards and Willie Parker had one carry for minus-1 yard.
This game was supposed to be Johnson’s chance to show Mike Shanahan what was left in his tank; that’s why he got the start. But the results were very unimpressive and Johnson didn’t help matters much by being an ineffective receiver and failing to pick up pass rushers in the backfield.
Why that should come as a surprise to the Redskins I don’t know. Any Chiefs fan could have told them that’s what Larry Johnson was, is and likely always will be.
– LONGEST PLAYS –
- 89 â€“ Chicago RB Matt Forte touchdown run vs. Oakland.
- 78 â€“ Buffalo CB Terrence McGee interception return for TD vs. Indianapolis.
- 70 â€“ Buffalo WR Lee Evans TD pass from QB Trent Edwards vs. Indianapolis.
- 68 â€“ Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace TD pass from QB Byron Leftwich vs. N.Y.Giants.
- 67 â€“ New York Jets RB Joe McKnight punt return vs. Carolina.
- 65 â€“ Denver CB Perrish Cox punt return vs. Detroit
- 63 â€“ Houston RR Steve Slaton kickoff return vs. New Orleans.
- 61 â€“ San Diego P Mike Scifres punt vs. Dallas.
- 61 â€“ Carolina P Jason Baker punt vs. Philadelphia.
- 60 â€“ Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt punt vs. Tampa Bay.
– RUSHING –
- Chicago’s Matt Forte ran five times for 109 yards and 1 TD vs. Oakland
- Buffalo’s Joique Bell had 11 carries for 80 yards and a TD against Indianapolis.
– PASSING –
- Indianapolis QB Curtis Painter was five of six for 97 yards, 1 TD and a 158.3 rating.
- Miami QB Chad Henne was 11 of 14 for 151 yards 2 TDs and a 151.2 rating.
- Buffalo QB Trent Edwards went five of eight for 93 yards and 1 TD for a 142.2 rating
- St. Louis QB A.J. Feeley was five of six for 45 yards 1 TD and a 137.5 rating.
- Tampa Bay QB Josh Johnson was six of 10 for 113 yards, 1 TD for a 132.5 rating.
– RECEIVING –
- Denver WR Jabar Gaffney had six catches for 98 yards vs. Detroit.
- Buffalo WR Taj Smith caught three passes for 91 yards and a TD.
- Washington WR Anthony Armstrong pulled in four catches for 82 yards.
- Washington WR Santana Moss had four catches for 79 yards.
- Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson caught four passes for 74 yards.
- Cincinnati WR Terrell Owens had three catches for 67 yards
– DEFENSE –
- Buffalo CB Terrence McGee returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown on a pass thrown by Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning.
- Oakland LB Slade Norris recovered a Chicago fumble in end zone for a TD
- Oakland’s Kameron Wimbley had four sacks for minus 28 yards against Chicago.
- Detroit CB Dre Bly returned an interception 52 yards.
- Carolina DE Everette Brown, Carolina DE Eric Moore, St. Louis DE Hall Davis and Baltimore LB Prescott Burgess each had two sacks in their games.
– SPECIAL TEAMS –
- Dallas, Oakland and the Chiefs all scored a safety on their punt return teams.
- Denver CB Perrish Cox had a 65-yard punt return vs. Detroit.
- Tennessee WR Marc Mariani had a 60-yard kickoff return.
- Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt had a 60-yard punt.