Drew Brees threw five touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints' 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jimmy Graham didn't have any of them. The Saints' star tight end also caught zero of Brees' 19 completions, and was not the intended target on any of Brees' 27 attempts. The Steelers effectively kept Graham from impacting the game, but Graham implied they might have won the battle, but lost the war, freeing up other receivers for opportunities. Nine of his teammates caught at least one pass. "For me it's all about the W's," said Graham, who also was held without a catch vs. Detroit earlier this season. "I don't care if it's zero catches, 10 catches or 20, as long as you win." Graham praised Steelers safeties Troy Polamalu and Will Allen for having done their homework. When the safeties guessed -- sometimes making risky gambles -- they usually guessed right. When there wasn't help over the top, the safeties would "break" on Graham's crossing routes. In other words, they would jump ahead of him to cut him off rather than waiting for Graham to reveal his intentions.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham shut out as Steelers 'undercut' crossing routes
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Dec 1