Saints-Giants review: New York defense keeps Saints in check -- Underhill film review (1 Viewer)

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Saints-Giants review: New York defense keeps Saints in check

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate



Teams usually have to pick their poison against the Saints. The team has too many weapons for someone to shut the whole thing down.

And even when a team is successful, it&#8217;s usually only a matter of time before something breaks and Drew Brees starts picking the defense apart. But that didn&#8217;t happen during Sunday&#8217;s 16-13 loss to the Giants. New York had a solid plan on defense, and the New Orleans offense was held in check.

A big portion of New York&#8217;s success was born from good coverage and a solid performance from its front seven. There were several times when Brees progressed through his reads, found no one open, and was forced to try and throw into a tight window or check down.

One such instance came during the second quarter when he held the ball for 4.21 seconds and tried to squeeze a pass to Coby Fleener in tight coverage. The play was broken up.

Like New Orleans, the Giants used a lot of two-safety shells and were able to limit big plays. The Saints were unable to get anything going on outside the numbers besides passes into the flats. In the vertical passing game, most of the success came over the middle.

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This is Nick's weekly film review. Good read as usual.
 

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Thanks. Very informative.

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Scanned the page, saw Underhill's name and had to read.

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While true, we would have gotten something going if our TE could catch.
This would have been one of those typical games where defenses take away our WR's and our TE goes off.

We lost because our open man couldn't catch.
 

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The Saints used a lot of three-safety packages, and often operated with a two-safety shell. It worked well. With only half the field to worry about, the safeties were able to read and react. As a result, it felt like those players were more active and around the ball more often. The responsibilities are different, and it can be hard to judge deep safety play without knowing what they are asked to do, but it was at least more visually appealing this week. Jairus Byrd was around the ball more than he typically is when playing single high. He was in on running plays, including when he saved two touchdowns at the goal line during different drives, and was able to read and react more in the passing game. His best play might have come in the third quarter when he read a screen, crashed down, and stopped it for a loss of a yard.

I liked seeing this Sunday.
 

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If only the Saints had an explosive player with a lot of speed they could have ran into the flats to force some of the coverage to move forward, they might have been able to get a few more open looks to the WRs.

Shame they never had a player like that on the roster.
 

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If only the Saints had an explosive player with a lot of speed they could have ran into the flats to force some of the coverage to move forward, they might have been able to get a few more open looks to the WRs.

Shame they never had a player like that on the roster.

Sure looks like that player might be injured or just doesn't have "it" anymore considering he's still at home sitting on his couch and not on another NFL roster.
 

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If only the Saints had an explosive player with a lot of speed they could have ran into the flats to force some of the coverage to move forward, they might have been able to get a few more open looks to the WRs.

Shame they never had a player like that on the roster.

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