Get consistent hits on Peyton Manning. The Saints already know this and have admitted as much. Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator, like to bring pressure. The Saints knocked around Kurt Warner and Brett Favre as much as I can recall in years. Warner hasn’t been hit like that since he played for the Giants.
The Saints have an “ace in the hole.” Unlike most teams, the Saints have NO FEAR of getting outscored by the Colts in a shootout. This means that even if Manning burns the blitz, the Saints will not feel the added burden of trying to slow down the game for their offense. New Orleans’ capacity to SCORE will impact their willingness to blitz throughout the game. Three teams in the AFC have used this same approach with some success against the Colts: the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. When teams don’t feel that they can keep up on the scoreboard, they get conservative defensively. New Orleans showed none of that in their all out attack on the Cardinals and Vikings quarterbacks.
Bobby McCray: Saints Speed Rusher and QB Retirement Machine
There were some compelling story lines that emerged this week. The Bengals took a not-so-surprising plunge back to earth after beating the Steelers and Ravens. The Giants were undressed. The “Sanchise” took it on the chin 5 times and the Jets found a new way to lose. The Vikings showed just how tough they’re going to be down the stretch. (It looks an awful lot like the Saints and Vikings are going to play for the NFC Championship.) The Eagles did the unthinkable. With all of these stories, perhaps nothing was more surprising that the rapid and complete demise of the once-proud Tennessee Titans.
Last week, Steeler rookie WR Mike Wallace had 7 receptions and 102 receiving yards on the road vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers lost the game, but the rookie served notice that he just might be a player. I was impressed enough to scoop him up in my FFL, even though I think the Steelers are at the softer spot of the 2009 schedule and are likely to run the ball more. I think Wallace is about to do some special things. Here’s why: