The Saints had 12 penalties for 90 yards in the 1st meeting with the Falcons and it’s an unfortunate trend with this year’s team. New Orleans has been penalized a total of 86 times, which is well above the league average of 79. Most of the flags have been offensive holding calls and false starts that are good for stalling drives. This 2019 team is on pace for the most flags in the Payton/Brees era, and remains a focal point of fixing as Coach said “it’s gonna cost us in a bigger game.”
Zoom & Boom isn’t a thing anymore with Mark Ingram gone, but free agent addition Latavious Murray has been a solid compliment to Alvin Kamara. Personnel has not been the issue, it’s been an overall commitment to the ground attack.
Back in week 10, the Saints finished with a whooping total of 11 rushing attempts for 52 yards. That’s not enough and allowed the Falcons pass rush to pin their ears back and pour on the pressure. What do you know, Drew Brees wound up getting 6 times in that game. With no Andrus Peat or Terron Armstead on the left side of the offensive line, keeping Atlanta’s defense off kilter becomes even more crucial.
Atlanta was the aggressor in the Superdome last meeting, and the Fluer Di Lis D needs to return the favor as guests in their Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Falcons not only managed to sack Brees 6 times, they also tallied 11 hits on the QB in the first meeting. Matt Ryan didn’t feel the same heat from a Saints pass rush that finished with 1 sack and 5 QB hits. The Black & Gold should be able to Atlatna’s QB. Ryan has been sacked 29 times which is 7th most in the league.