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Old 12-16-2010, 12:29 AM   #1
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Drew Brees had a vested interest in watching the Ravens defense's implosion and subsequent vindication in the team's 34-28 overtime win against the Houston Texans Monday night. His reaction was slightly different from the alarmed response Ravens fans have been emitting.

"I don't buy too much into that," the New Orleans Saints quarterback said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday afternoon, "just because they had a 28-7 lead, and so it seemed like it was a lot of prevent [defense], pretty conservative. The Texans have a great offense, and they were able to move the ball in two-minute situations and stuff at the end of the game. But I have a lot of respect for that defense. I always have. So I just kind of see that as a little bit of an aberration."

Brees' diplomatic approach to Sunday's game between the Ravens and the Saints runs counter to what several observers suggest could happen. After all, when a defense surrenders 489 yards of total offense including 393 yards on 31-of-62 passing and three touchdowns to Texans quarterback Matt Schaub what's in store when the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Super Bowl comes to town?

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Comparing Brees to the New England Patriots' Tom Brady and the Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said, "Well, in my eyes, he's better. Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he's definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he's got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he's got the hardware to prove it."

Brees has been off-and-on against the Ravens in the past. His first meeting occurred when he was with the San Diego Chargers and threw for 270 yards but no touchdowns and three interceptions in a 24-10 Ravens victory on Sept. 21, 2003.

In his first season in New Orleans, Brees passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns, but the Ravens returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 35-22 win on Oct. 29, 2006.

Those numbers meant little to Ravens cornerback Chris Carr.

"We expect his best at all times," Carr said. "I don't think we're going to intimidate him or fool him. He's just very accurate. He's a good player, and you just know that you're going to have to be very close to his receivers or he's going to find them."

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees respects Ravens' defense despite failing to protect lead vs. Texans - baltimoresun.com

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Old 12-16-2010, 05:47 AM   #2
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I look at this Baltimore team like I would a loaded gun. The moment you stop respecting it, is the same moment it will shoot you in the face. This is not going to be anything close to an easy win. In fact, it could be the hardest fought game we've had all year. This will be a true test of this team's ability to overcome. With GB, Chicago, and Philly, in the mix for play off spots, there is a chance we might have to play a cold weather game in the play offs. This will be a good challenge for our Saints. I certainly hope it's a victorious one.

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If they play like they did in the 4th quater of there Monday night game they should have no problem. That D looked like they all ran out of gas.
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It would be nice if we put points up all game and didn't suffer that mid-game lull we have seen this season. Think we'll win for sure, how close the game is depends on what we do in all 4 quarters. Would be nice to not have to sweat this one out.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by saintpaul25 View Post
I look at this Baltimore team like I would a loaded gun. The moment you stop respecting it, is the same moment it will shoot you in the face. This is not going to be anything close to an easy win. In fact, it could be the hardest fought game we've had all year. This will be a true test of this team's ability to overcome. With GB, Chicago, and Philly, in the mix for play off spots, there is a chance we might have to play a cold weather game in the play offs. This will be a good challenge for our Saints. I certainly hope it's a victorious one.
I totally agree. The Ravens D scares me more than Pittsburgh's. I think this will be the toughest D we face all year.
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The weak link in the Baltimore D is the corners. Colston, Moore, Meachem, and Graham need to come up big. Ground game should be violent, but Ivory or Bush could bust a big one if our Oline gets some push. Ngata versus Nicks should be brutal.
This is going to be a nasty brawl in the trenches, but I like the way our Oline has been playing lately....their getting in their groove. Watch for Henderson and Meachem deep early and often.
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Suggs will give us trouble and the rest of their defense is always dangerous as well. It will be a huge test. I don't underestimate their offense either. Home field is huge for them as well.
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The weak link in the Baltimore D is the corners. Colston, Moore, Meachem, and Graham need to come up big. Ground game should be violent, but Ivory or Bush could bust a big one if our Oline gets some push. Ngata versus Nicks should be brutal.
They are midgets. Colston and Henderson should have good days. Would be nice for Henderson since he's been MIA. Ivory up the gutt and PT screens should keep them on their heels. They are going to play deep zone to eliminate the long ball so the middle should be wide open. Brees may have to do the 31-of-35 thing on Sunday. Spread the ball, mix it up, throw in some no huddle and we should be able to pick these guys apart. I like how Brees keeps his remarks low key and close to the vest...he gives them no fuel for their fire.

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My prediction: Saints 31, Ravens 20. It will be a close game for the most part, but the Saints defense will come through when it really needs to. The Saints' pass defense is far better than the Texans' and the Saints' run defense seems to be improving and/or stabilizing. And though I feel Joe Flacco has improved, I do not have the confidence in him to pull off a victory against the men in black and gold.
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