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Saturday, 29 October 2011 15:27
New Orleans Saints v. St. Louis Rams: What They're Saying
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SaintsWhat are others saying about the upcoming game between the NFC south leaders, the New Orleans Saints and the winless St. Louis Rams?
This is from ESPN 

The NFC South-leading Saints will play a winless team for the second straight week when they go against the 0-6 Rams on Sunday at noon in St. Louis.

The Rams will be without starting quarterback Sam Bradford (high ankle sprain) and A.J. Feeley will replace him. That means the Rams will rely mainly on their running game, which features hard-running Steven Jackson. He's a big, elusive back who can carry a team when he is on his game.

To counter this, look for Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to have his defense slide an eighth defender into the box a good number of times in an attempt to take away the running lanes. A good number of run blitzes will be in order.

The Rams have the worst defense against the run in the NFL, allowing 183.8 yards per game. They missed 11 tackles last week against the Cowboys, the majority of them by safeties Mikell and Darin Stewart

The Saints are ninth in the league in rushing and should have a good afternoon in St. Louis.

The Saints defeated the Rams 31-13 last season and safety Malcolm Jenkins intercepted two passes and was named NFC Defensive Player of the week.

The Saints have a new offensive star in Darren Sproles . Through seven games, he leads the NFL in total yards with 1,115 and has made the Who Dat Nation forget Reggie Bush.

The Saints got Sproles to replace Bush because Drew Brees worked hard to recruit Sproles. The two worked out together in San Diego in offseasons through the years. Brees has a home in San Diego.

Brees imagined the possibility of getting free agent Sproles and saw things in him that would  make him better than Bush.

Sproles is averaging 7.3 yards per carry and he'll put up a lot more yards if given the ball more. He had 88 yards on 12 carries last week against the Colts.

The chemistry between Brees and Sproles has been apparent on third downs. Sproles has a league-high 15 catches for 139 yards on third downs.

Jackson said the Rams are winless is because they haven't  put 60 minutes of football together this season.

"Either  the defense plays really well one week and the offensive doesn't or vice versa." said Jackson. "We need for the offense, defense and special teams to put it together at the same time so win can win some games."

From New Orleans Saints.com

After setting numerous club records on offense and scoring in a 62-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints will seek to improve to 6-2 and increase their lead in the NFC South to one and a half games at the regular season’s midpoint with a visit to the St. Louis Rams (0-7) on Sunday at Noon (CT).

While the Colts had the ball first, Saints LB Jonathan Vilma picked up a mishandled snap to set up New Orleans’ first touchdown drive. By the end of the first 15 minutes of the contest,

New Orleans set a club record for first quarter scoring after staking out a 21-0 lead. By the end of the evening, New Orleans had set a club record for scoring, tying the NFL mark since the league merger in 1970. As evidence of their offensive dominance, the Saints rolled up 557 total net yards, their second-highest total ever and also set a club record with 36 first downs.

QB Drew Brees completed 31-of-35 passes for 325 yards with five touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 144.9 passer rating in three quarters of play. He completed seven passes for 98 yards with two scores to WRMarques Colston, while TE Jimmy Graham had six catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. The New Orleans rushing attack accounted for 236 yards, the most in a game since 2006. Mark Ingram was the leading rusher for both clubs with 14 carries for 91 yards.

Defensively, the Saints allowed Colts QB Curtis Painter to complete only 9-of-17 passes for 67 yards, one interception and a 38.1 passer rating, the first meeting between the two clubs since New Orleans’ 31-7 victory in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints forced three turnovers, including a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown by CB Leigh Torrence, while the New Orleans offense did not turn the ball over once.

 





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