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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by mighty12 It is Wednesday morning, so there is plenty of time to think about the MNF game this Monday. Here are some keys to the game. 1.) Get the offense rolling - We will need to get ...

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Old 09-15-2010, 04:01 PM   #11
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It is Wednesday morning, so there is plenty of time to think about the MNF game this Monday. Here are some keys to the game.

1.) Get the offense rolling - We will need to get a quick start, put the speedy, physical LBs on their heels. If we can get Willis to second guess himself, then we can take control.

2.) Figure out the 3-4 - The Sean Payton offense seems to always struggle with the 3-4 defense. They don't see it too often, and when they do it gives them fits. A lot of film study from past opponents should fix this.

3.) Get to Alex Smith - If any QB can be rattled, it is Alex Smith. He is already having a helluva time with his coaches, so if Greg Williams takes advantage of that by bringing on elaborate blitz packages, this could turn into Alex Smith's final game.

4.) Stop Gore - He didn't have a good week 1 performance, but he is the type of back that could give our smaller front 4 fits. He pounds the hole and when he breaks through has just enough speed to take it to the house. We will need Shanle and Dunbar to fill the gaps.

This is a game that scares me, one team coming off of a physical close win vs. a team who got out played and now have a chip on their shoulders. I am thinking this game could be closer than a lot of people think, especially if the Saints come out sluggish early on. Anything I missed?
scares me too- we need to weather their early storm. get up early and they might quit.

I am worried they come out lighting the world on fire- they just got destroyed, this is monday night, and it is their home opener.

Not an easy win, not by a stretch
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:58 PM   #12
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Yeah, we need to take the crowd out of this game early. We don't need to let them score first and have the crowd get into it. With this being the home opener we need to hit them hard in the mouth and keep them on their heels the rest of the game.
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Hit them hard and often. Yes, Alex Smith can be rattled fairly easy. The Saints are so talented these days, all they need to do is not turn the ball over and not get stupid penalties. That should be enough to win the game.
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- Cover on special teams and make field goals.

- Get Reggie Bush going early, then pound a little w/ PT

- Make Alex Smith beat us, bring run blitzes.

- Run little screens and flare passes to Bush, PT, Meachem, Devery, make the Niners miss tackles.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:44 AM   #15
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Bush is the key....he has always played well against the niners. And I think he has a chip on his shoulder right now. We need to take this guys out early. Force them to abandon the run (Gore).
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