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papz 11-20-2012 06:35 PM

ReFo: Saints @ Raiders, Week 11
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Three Performances of NoteóNew Orleans Saints

Cornerbacks Cover

The Saints did a nice job of getting their hands on QB Carson Palmerís passes and it all started with the cornerbacks. The top three, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson and Elbert Mack defended more passes (six) than had completed on them (five). The trio was targeted 16 times with only 48 yards to show for it. Robinson was the best of the bunch as he gave up one measly yard on his five targets. He set the tone as he nearly intercepted quarterback Carson Palmerís first pass of the day on a go route. Though Palmer was able to do some damage against the linebackers and safeties, the cornerbacks were a big part of holding him to only 2-for-8 throwing outside the numbers beyond 10 yards.

Offensive Line Dominates

It was an efficient day for the Saints offense that only saw QB Drew Brees drop back 27 times. The offensive line did a tremendous job as he was only hurried three times and hit the turf only twice (only one hit was charged to the offensive line). Left tackle Jermon Bushrod, RG Jahri Evans, and RT Charles Brown were all perfect in pass protection, while even backup right tackle Bryce Harris was unblemished in his 14 attempts after taking over for the injured Brown. In the running game, only Brown graded negatively among the starters as the big boys up front paved the way for 153 yards on 28 carries on the ground. Though the entire group played well, Bushrod stood out as he controlled Raiders defensive ends and linebackers to the tune of a +4.9 overall grade for the day.

Loftonís Slump Continues

Expected to shore up the middle of the Saints defense, linebacker Curtis Lofton has been a bit of a disappointment through 10 games. The Saints have struggled with tackling all season and despite the lopsided win, this game was no different with regard to their inability to take down ball carriers. Lofton contributed two of the teamís 11 missed tackles and his season total of 12 is now one more than he had all of last year. After ranking 12th among inside linebackers in tackling efficiency in 2011, Lofton is currently 28th out of 35 qualifiers as heís missing one tackle every 7.8 attempts. Lofton has represented a slight improvement for the Saints at the middle linebacker position, but he needs to get back closer to his 2011 form if they hope to make a second half surge.

Profootball Focus

Rugby Saint II 11-21-2012 05:10 PM

Re: ReFo: Saints @ Raiders, Week 11
Bushrod graded out well? Wow.

TheEnigma 11-21-2012 05:21 PM

Re: ReFo: Saints @ Raiders, Week 11
Lofton has not been a disappointment in my opinion. Wherever the ball is, he is always right there.

QBREES9 11-21-2012 09:05 PM

Re: ReFo: Saints @ Raiders, Week 11
Lofton has been great in my opinion

dizzle88 11-22-2012 06:42 AM

Re: ReFo: Saints @ Raiders, Week 11
Everyone misses tackles, lofton included but he is always round the ball, good things happen when players are like him

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