Saints snap counts vs. Rams: Defense plays almost exclusively nickel (1 Viewer)

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(Photo by David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune)

By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

Before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, it was a bit surprising to see the New Orleans Saints list linebacker Manti Te’o as inactive, but the reasoning became clear as the game played out.

The Rams primarily run offensive plays with three wide receivers, so to defend that, the Saints knew they wanted to use packages with three cornerbacks.

In the game, a 45-35 Saints win, three New Orleans cornerbacks — Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple and P.J. Williams — played all 60 defensive snaps as the defense tried to stop the Rams’ receiving trio of Brandin Cooks, Robert Wood and Cooper Kupp.

Defenses these days run the majority of plays in nickel packages with five defensive backs to counteract pass happy offenses, and that was the case for the Saints on Sunday as Williams never came off the field. ...

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