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papz 10-01-2011 09:04 AM

Saints face tough task in stopping Jones-Drew, Lewis
 
METAIRIE, La. – One week ago, the Saints figured out how to slow down Houston’s vaunted rushing attack, keeping Ben Tate to fewer than 100 yards for the game on the ground.

The task could be much tougher Sunday when New Orleans (2-1) travels to play Jacksonville (1-2), which will throw a rookie quarterback onto the field making his second start.

Partly because of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars have focused on the run game this season. And in spite of the fact that teams know that Jacksonville will run the ball – the Jaguars lead the NFL with 108 rush attempts this season – it’s sixth in the NFL with 403 rushing yards.

And leading the way is Maurice Jones-Drew, who is third in the NFL with 307 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

“He’s probably the hardest guy to bring down in the league at any position,” Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “He has tremendous balance. He has a good burst. He knows how to set up his blockers up well. He’s an elite running back in this league.”

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GeauxForMore 10-01-2011 09:52 AM

I still don't believe in our run D. But I haven't believed in them since the La'roy Glover days.

lumm0x 10-01-2011 10:07 AM

This is a game where our D needs to step up and dominate the run and put the ball in Gabbert's hands. MJD scares me more than any other Jag of course. This will be a defining moment for our defense. They have one elite weapon easily identified. Let's shut that down.

|Mitch| 10-01-2011 10:21 AM

If we can somehow start fast and get ahead, force the ball out of MJD's hands and into Gabberts...

TheDeuce 10-01-2011 10:28 AM

I've been impressed with our run defense so far this season... the problem, IMO, is the pass defense. Especially if we are down a CB or two, I'm not confident in the ability of our defensive backs to make a big play when needed right now.

halloween 65 10-01-2011 11:18 AM

I think we'll be pretty good on run D. with Big Johnson back. LB's hold= no run game. Could be a big game for Harper...

the-commish 10-01-2011 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by halloween 65 (Post 335441)
I think we'll be pretty good on run D. with Big Johnson back. LB's hold= no run game. Could be a big game for Harper...

I agree. We will get to see why Loomis signed no. 72 from the CFL. He is supposed to be a very good player, but has been injured since the first preseason game against the 49ers. He will likely help; and our run D has not been bad at all so far.

Looks like 8 in the box will be the defensive alignment, trying to stop Pocket Hercules, and pressure the Jags' offense into throwing the ball. Hopefully, this will work to put the ball in the rook's hands; but even if it doesn't, MJD can not beat the Saints by himself (the Jags are averaging 9 PPG on offense this season--which is not going to get it done against any team with a decent offense).

If the D can hold MJD in check, and force the ball into Gabbert's hands, the Saints can, and WILL, blitz him, and depend (hopefully) on the secondary to adequately defend the pass.

pumpkindriver 10-01-2011 06:53 PM

As long as we don't turn the ball over, make stupid mistakes and get a bunch of penalties, we will win this one easily. Should be over by early in the 3rd qtr.

WhoDat!656 10-01-2011 07:01 PM

We will find out if Franklin and Rogers are earning their paychecks tomorrow.

homerj07 10-01-2011 08:49 PM

We will find out if a LOT of guys are earnig their paychecks tomorrow!


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