Jeff Duncan's 10/16/09 Saints Mailbag, Part I: How do the Saints match up with the Giants? (2 Viewers)

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Saints Mailbag, Part I: How do the Saints match up with the Giants?
By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune
October 16, 2009, 8:47AM


Another day, another round of questions for the Saints Mailbag. You responded with so many questions this week that we're going to break them up into two files today and I'll have another on Saturday morning.

Lots of good stuff today, a cornucopia of topics, including queries about Lance Moore, Drew Brees, Malcolm Jenkins, Rod Harper and several concerning the Saints' big matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday.

Until then, here's today's first mailbag, concentrating on the NFC showdown with the Giants at the Superdome:

Q: If you were Coach Payton, how would you attack the Giants? And is Drew going to be Drew this week? Thanks. Bryan Adams, New York, N.Y.

A: I expect Brees to try to attack the Giants with the short passing game. New York is vulnerable in the secondary. Two starters - safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Aaron Ross - are injured. Their backups have played well but they haven't been challenged like they will be on Sunday by the Saints. Brees and Payton are experts are isolating mismatches in the passing game and exploiting them. The Saints have their full arsenal of offensive skill players available for the first time this season. I fully expect them to utilize personnel to create mismatches in the passing game, but I think it will be a quick-strike attack because the Saints have great respect for the Giants' pass rush, which ranks among the best in the NFL. The Saints haven't passed for their normal numbers the past two games but I think that's more a result of the game plan than any serious issues with the attack.

More: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2009/10/saints_mailbag_1.html
 

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"The Saints haven't passed for their normal numbers the past two games but I think that's more a result of the game plan than any serious issues with the attack"

I agree with this 100%.

This week Payton unleashes Brees. Awww YEAH!
 

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Duncan has easily become the best beat-writer for the Saints. If he ever leaves, we'll miss him.
 

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"The Saints haven't passed for their normal numbers the past two games but I think that's more a result of the game plan than any serious issues with the attack"

I agree with this 100%.

This week Payton unleashes Brees. Awww YEAH!

Agreed. Brees had a quote recently saying that the gameplan in the last two weeks called for a game management, ball control offense.
 

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