By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
Imagine someone telling you two or three years ago the front seven was going to be the strength of the Noew Orleans Saints' defense soon, and that the front seven would help them win games instead of preventing them from winning games.
It would sound nuts, right? It was even a little staggering to hear defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins talk about the group believing it could be one of the best in the NFL after Monday’s 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins. Not because they didn’t play well — they did, and it was apparent.
But with so much history it can sometimes be hard to accept and trust new evidence.
But there was plenty of evidence Monday. The Saints lost cornerback Marshon Lattimore early in the game because of a concussion, and they had to replace him with Justin Hardee, who is just in his second year playing the position. They still managed to limit Washington to 283 yards of offense. A big reason for that was New Orleans’ ability to stop the run and get after quarterback Alex Smith. ...
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