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papz 12-11-2011 06:17 AM

PFF: Three to Focus on: Saints at Titans, Week 14
Drew Brees vs. Titans secondary

By virtue of the Saints open offense and the number of receivers that Drew Brees gets involved in the Saintsí passing game you have to be able to match up with the Saints man for man, even if you donít run man coverage. Tennessee may just be able to match up with the Saintsí receivers to give themselves a chance of victory. At corner Cortland Finnegan (+10.3) has put some of his discipline issues behind him and is having one of his best seasons as a pro and if Jason McCourty (+5.8) is unable to go, the Titans will need Alterraun Verner (+6.6) who was so impressive in his rookie season to maintain his fine form from nickel sets into a starting role this week. Tennessee will need to play this game close and the man to watch in the secondary could be Michael Griffin (+2.5). Griffin is susceptible to play action and the Saints run play action extremely well, one bad read from Griffin could be all it takes for the Saints to break this game open.

Titans LT Michael Roos vs. Saints DRE Will Smith

Since returning from his suspension in Week 3, Will Smith (+4.8) has been prone to boom-or-bust performances and going up against one of this seasonís better performing left tackles in Michael Roos (+11.6) he will be well tested to match some of his better performances. The Titansí quarterback is prone to throwing off of his back foot under pressure so if Smith can generate some pressure there will be big plays on the table for the Saintsí secondary. Smith has recorded four or more pressures in six games this season and if the Saintsí can establish a lead watch for Smith to pin his ears backs and try to match the six total pressures that John Abraham and the Falcons inflicted on Roos in Atlanta three weeks ago, Roosí worst game of the season to date in pass protection.

Saints O-Line vs. Titans D-Line

The Saints are throwing the ball at record breaking pace this season but when they are at their best they play with balance on offense. With the form that the Saintsí offensive line is playing in comparison to the Titansí defensive line, they have a real opportunity to establish dominance in the trenches this week. For the Titans only their two rookie defensive tackles, Karl Klug (+4.8 pass rush) and Jurrell Casey (+9.8 run defense) have shown any really consistently good form this season on their defensive line. The move of Jason Jones (-6.6) to defensive end has not worked out too well in year one and Derrick Morgan (-7.8) has not rebounded well from an injury shortened rookie season. Every single Saintsí starter is grading positively overall, with Carl Nicks (+21.4) leading the charge, and while the Titans may scrap it may not be enough in this game as the Saints look to build their supremacy from their offensive line outwards.

halloween 65 12-11-2011 07:30 AM

I want us to run it down their throat today and show the rest of the league that we can win with a power game, they already know what we can do when we throw. I would like for the Packers to know what they are in for when we get to them. Win or lose this game I've got that same feeling from 09 that we are going all the way. I can't explain it I just know.

AlaskaSaints 12-11-2011 07:43 AM

Great share, Papz. Just what I needed this morning!

Alaska in TN

homerj07 12-11-2011 11:51 AM


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