Saints News

Saints at Vikings preview: four keys to victory

dbehnken
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 21: Drew Brees
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 21: Drew Brees /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 5
Next

Winning WR vs. CB matchups

Mike Zimmer likes to play bump-and-run coverage, and he makes no secret of it. It’s a technique difficult to master. But with guys like Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Terence Newman and Mackensie Alexander, it’s much easier. That’s three first-round selections and one second-round selection. A ton of talent.

It also helps that both Rhodes and Waynes are over 6 feet tall and 200-plus pounds. They’re physically elite and can make things tough.

However, the Saints’ Michael Thomas is equally physical. Press coverage plays right into the strengths of Thomas, who excels in his footwork and releases. With his 6’3”, 212 pound frame he is physically dominant as well as crisp as a route-runner. See here for some film breakdown on Michael Thomas.

I don’t have much concern regarding Thomas. Though with Willie Snead out that means production must be found elsewhere. Saints tight end Coby Fleener will likely have an expanded role in Snead’s absence. He’ll have to get open against guys like Vikings safety Harrison Smith (85.6 PFF grade in 2016) and Terence Newman (86.3 PFF grade in 2016).

Newly acquired Tedd Ginn must also be effective on Monday night. With his burner speed he has the ability to stretch defenses and open windows up underneath. This will be critical to the Saints’ success.

facebooktwitterreddit