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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Can New Orleans Handle Baltimore's Deadly Play-Action Pass Game? Baltimore's offensive success with play-action and New Orleans Saints' (albeit limited opportunity with but) defensive success against it. Play-action will tell story for Saints, Ravens December, 16, 2010 12:46 PM ET ...

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Play-action will tell story for Saints, Ravens

Can New Orleans Handle Baltimore's Deadly Play-Action Pass Game?

Baltimore's offensive success with play-action and New Orleans Saints' (albeit limited opportunity with but) defensive success against it.

Play-action will tell story for Saints, Ravens
December, 16, 2010 12:46 PM ET By Pat Yasinskas

When the New Orleans Saints play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, play-action passing is going to be a big factor.

That’s largely because of the fact that Baltimore uses play-action passing more than any team in the NFL. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Ravens have used play fakes on 30.8 percent of their total dropbacks and they’ve had a lot of success with it.

Off play-action, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco has completed 65.6 percent of his passes and averages 8.2 yards per attempt. He’s thrown for a league-best 10 touchdowns off play-action while being intercepted only once and has a 113.1 passer rating.

But that’s not necessarily bad news for the Saints. In fact, the New Orleans' defense has handled play-action pretty well. The Saints have seen play-action on only 15.3 percent of dropbacks by opponents.

Against play-action, the New Orleans defense has limited opposing passers to a 54.5 percent completion percentage and a 61.7 passer rating. The Saints have only allowed 5.2 yards per attempt on play-action and have given up only one touchdown pass and come up with two interceptions in those situations.
If the weather holds up we could some BIG fireworks.

Will anyone volunteer to keep track of play-action successes/failures?

Geaux Saints!
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