Final week, for the major time ever with Drew Brees under heart at dwelling, the New Orleans Saints didn’t earn a touchdown.
It wasn’t as if the Saints had been facing the 2002 Buccaneers or the 2013 Seahawks defenses. Nope. The Atlanta Falcons entered Sunday’s tilt with a defense ranked thirtieth in yards allowed, twenty fourth in total aspects given up, Thirty first in crimson zone defense and ineffective closing in sacks.
The Saints got walloped by that one-winged chicken, giving up six sacks and by no diagram punching it all around the conclude zone line.
“Unacceptable,” Brees talked about bluntly on Wednesday, describing the loss.
It be one thing to lose a game. Teams lose over the course of the season. It be one other to set an egg at dwelling in opposition to a division rival who had been left for ineffective on the side of the street, getting into the game with one beget shut on the season.
“We had been extraordinarily disappointed in our performance,” Brees talked about, by strategy of The Times-Picayune. “I deem we know we’re severely better than that and realize that, especially at this point in the season, here’s a time when we in actuality are attempting to originate keeping apart ourselves from the pack in a obvious diagram and persevering with to predicament ourselves to originate the needs that we beget space for this team.”
The loss doubly hurts after looking at San Francisco drop on Monday evening, understanding New Orleans would maybe per chance maybe even beget taken a step in direction of securing a ability No. 1 overall seed in the NFC. The failure, pushing the Saints to 7-2, now for the time being areas Brees’ team in the help of Green Bay for playoff bye positioning.
“We realize that every game that it is most likely you’ll even beget got to assert up and also you may want to play your easiest and what comes with that is monumental attention to side, monumental execution, monumental focal point and intensity,” Brees talked about. “And unfortunately our execution factual became as soon as no longer up to standard all around the board. That wants to get cleaned up and this could get cleaned up and this capability that, we will play severely better.”
If failing to earn in opposition to Atlanta’s thirtieth-ranked pass defense proved laborious, maybe facing the thirty 2nd-ranked Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass D on Sunday will provide a reprieve.
Statistically the Bucs quit a ton of yards. Where they are in particular tainted is defending the deep pass.
Bucs’ Passer Ranking Allowed by Air Yards in 2019, per Next Gen Stats: Lower than 10 air yards: 93.8 rating allowed, tenth easiest in NFL
10-19 yards: 105.6 rating, twenty fifth in NFL
20-plus air yards: 124.8 rating, thirtieth in NFL
The Bucs can get got deep.
Sadly for Brees, the Saints’ offense is vertically challenged.
Among 33 qualifying QBs this season, the 2 with the fewest air yards per strive: Drew Brees (6.3) and Teddy Bridgewater (6.2).
The dearth of a deep receiving threat is a mountainous portion of the area, but the restraint on the Saints offense is no longer new. Brees’ air yards per strive closing season sat at 7.1, fifth-fewest in the league. The Saints get their explosive plays with perfectly space up routes designed to abolish yards after the be pleased or with Alvin Kamara breaking tackles in the bottom game.
Can they bust out of that multiyear drag and divebomb the Bucs in what is now a pivotal game for New Orleans in the playoff positioning ride?
The factual recordsdata for Saints fans is Brees has practically always bounced reduction from wretched performances previously. The QB has gone 6-0 with 15 passing TDs in his closing six video games following a tilt by which he didn’t throw for a earn (entails Week 8 vs. Arizona in his return from injure suffered in 0-TD game Week 2 at L.A.).
Coping with a Bucs defense that has allowed 309.8 yards per game, a ninety nine.8 rating and 22 touchdowns to factual six interceptions this season to starting quarterbacks, the recipe would maybe per chance maybe even be there for a bounceback for Brees and Co.
However after a immoral, “unacceptable” performance in opposition to a in the same vogue poorly ranked defense at dwelling, can Brees’ squad do away with earnings in the street in Tampa or will this be one other game where the defense should always do away with the lead?