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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Good read on the matchups. >>> Keys to the game For the Falcons to rebound they must be markedly improved on both sides of the line of scrimmage. They have the skill positions to succeed, but if they cannot get ...

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Old 09-05-2014, 09:53 AM   #1
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Chris Landry: Saints have matchups they can exploit

Good read on the matchups.
>>>Keys to the game

For the Falcons to rebound they must be markedly improved on both sides of the line of scrimmage. They have the skill positions to succeed, but if they cannot get better production from the offensive line they will have a hard time getting in the thick of the playoff race.

Matthews will have to play well early and Asamoah will have to grade out at a "red" (high) level in the running game. If they cannot establish the run versus the Saints, the Falcons will have a hard time attacking vertically and scoring enough points to keep up.

Without a consistent running game, I just don't see enough alternative options for the passing game. While Atlanta has two elite perimeter receivers, other options will need to step up. Toilolo and Bear Pascoe are in-line blocking tight ends, so the ability to work the middle of the field appears limited.

Defensively, if Atlanta can't pressure Drew Brees, it can't win. The Falcons were not able to develop a pass rush last year and this season the question remains. Adding to the problem is the linebacker play without Weatherspoon. This will leave lots of pressure on the young corners to match up vs. Jimmy Graham and the Saints' wideouts, and I don't see that personnel meeting the challenge.

The Falcons must have success running the ball, win the hidden yardage on special teams and create an extra possession or two for their offense to score enough points to beat the Saints.

The Saints have matchup advantages in the passing game they can exploit. The Falcons don't have anyone who can cover Graham or contend with the backs out of the backfield. Look for Atlanta to try and bracket Graham, which will open up Marques Colston on slant routes and Brandin Cooks on posts and curls.

Nolan is very creative and will dial up many coverage looks and pressures so Brees will take time to sort through the clutter and take the check-down -- until he forces Nolan's hand and can attack vertically.

Defensively for the Saints, they have to stop the Falcons' run game on early downs and get Ryan off his mark. The Saints will bring lots of pressure looks to prevent the vertical game. New Orleans is in good position to work their safeties deep to help the corners with Jones and White. If they have to deploy a safety against the run, I anticipate they'll play lots of big nickel (three safeties) looks, allowing them to play split safeties deep. It all comes down to how much personnel allocation it takes to defend the run.

For more detailed breakdowns... Saints have matchups they can exploit vs. Falcons, but must make QB Matt Ryan uncomfortable | NOLA.com
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key to the game?

Offense : keep Drew up right and hold the pocket

Defense: bend do not break..

great read

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That was a pretty good read!
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That was a pretty good read!
I really like Chris Landry's stuff. He's becoming one of my favorites.
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Things are looking good for us.
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Key to winning... Score more points.
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