Saints’ defense encouraged by strides made since opener (1 Viewer)

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By Brett Martel | Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Dennis Allen entered this week sounding more optimistic about the defense he oversees — even if he wasn’t particularly happy about outcome of his team’s latest game.

New Orleans (1-1) boasted the seventh-ranked defense in the NFL last season and has many core players back on that side of the ball.

The unit hardly lived up to its reputation in New Orleans’ 27-26 comeback victory at Atlanta to open the season. But the way it stifled Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady-led offense for most last Sunday’s loss in New Orleans had Allen offering largely positive reviews heading into this Sunday’s road game at Carolina (0-2).

“We played really well in the run game,” Allen said. “We challenged in coverage, which was good to see. We affected the quarterback.

“The ball got out pretty quick in that game, but yet he wasn’t throwing to a lot of open receivers,” Allen continued. “So, I thought overall it was effective.” ...

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