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Saints Week: The Pass Defense

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This is the Saints bread and butter… passing the ball without abandon.  A 4th ranked passing offense against the Vikings 19th ranked passing defense will be the key matchup and deciding factor in how this game goes down.

Drew Brees is an equal opportunity passer as 16 players (including Brees himself) have caught passes this season.  Seven of those players have over 300 yards in the regular season.  Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Jeremy Shockey, Reggie Bush, and Robert Meachum are the Saints top targets and have combined for 261 catches for 3,504 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

The Vikings biggest threat to a prolific passing attack starts up front.  If the defensive line can shut down the running game and apply significant pressure to Drew Brees then this defense stands a chance.  If the defensive line fails, then the secondary will be exposed as mediocre at best.

Both teams are coming off of stellar performances in this area which led them to this Championship game.  Drew Brees picked apart a 23rd ranked Cardinals pass defense as he went 23 of 32 for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns in a convincing win.

The Vikings, however, shocked everybody when they shut down a 6th ranked Cowboys passing offense by holding them to 198 passing yards and no touchdowns.  Even more significant, they sacked the mobile Tony Romo six times, forced one interception, and caused him to fumble three times.

The Saints offensive line does a very good job at protecting Brees, and he does a nice job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly, but if the Vikings can have a repeat performance then they stand a chance at shutting down this high-powered passing attack.

PLAYER TO WATCH:  Jared Allen has been criticized for his play on the road.  But with the playoff atmosphere and the momentum from last weekend, I fully expect him to play lights out football on Sunday.  Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod has been a revolving door all season and has allowed a team high of 8 sacks and 26 quarterback pressures.  Jared Allen should either have his way with the Saints or draw a double team and open things up for Edwards/Robison on the other side.


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One Response to “Saints Week: The Pass Defense”

  1. […] BRETT MARTEL wrote a very interesting post today.   Here’s a quick excerpt:This is the Saints bread and butter… passing the ball without abandon. A 4th ranked passing offense against the Vikings 19th ranked passing defense will be the key matchup and deciding factor in how this game goes down. […]

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