the info on third down and the other stats someone posted yesterday(?) about how poorly the saints D is in the red zone make me really like our chances.
the fact that we have started out slow in most games really bothers me, tho, because we won't have an easy situation to come back in. the crowd in new orleans really amplifies the momentum and we just can not afford to get caught in that wake of noise and emotion.
we have to come out strong and fast right out of the gate and as "easy" as it might be on third down against that D, the noise will still be there and we can't afford to wait for that. we have to do well on first and second down on that first series to establish ourselves.
one of the things i noticed about that D was that they really bought on fakes, misdirections, and the read option. as much as some people around here hate the read option, it may end up being the best option to really get the saints D falling backwards.
when our defense is on the field, i don't think we need to change a whole lot from what we've been doing. constant pressure from the front four with the occassional blitz thrown in. the secondary will just keep the play in front of them which will help cut down on the big play. TD, keek, and mitchell will all take turns on graham and just bully him the whole game.
it won't be easy and it could certainly end up in a loss because the saints are still a tough team who can roll over anyone once they've got some momentum. we just have to keep stymying their efforts on both sides of the ball to disrupt any momentum that might be starting up.
I've said since the beginning of the season that i don't think we get swept by the saints. i thought we'd split. i still think it's a real possibility. i'd be surprised if we were able to sweep them. i don't expect it at all. i will say, though, that if either sweeps the other, it will be us sweeping them because this year the saints just aren't a good road team, and if brees thinks any differently he didn't do his research, obviously.