Empty stadiums may make the hard count more effective for veteran QBs like Drew Brees (1 Viewer)

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BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer

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Facing a fourth and 2 from the Tampa Bay 47, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set Alvin Kamara in motion, turned his head back toward the line of scrimmage and barked one hard count.

Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea took the bait, lurching forward and making contact with center Erik McCoy. Defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston nearly jumped as well. The neutral zone infraction resulted in a first down, and, eventually, a short Wil Lutz field goal.

These are the sorts of things savvy veteran quarterbacks like Brees take advantage of in their home venues, where...

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