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Saints in the trenches Week 2: O-line, D-line and the path to victory

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Guards look strong, Unger looks vulnerable

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 16: T.J. Carrie #38 of the Cleveland Browns sacks Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 16, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Center Max Unger played well in the run game. He handles his assignments and puts on a clinic every single week on how to zone block. In the passing game, however, he got worked three different times one-on-one versus a rising star in the NFL.

Larry Ogunjobi is an absolute terror as a defensive tackle. Unger learned that the hard way, as he gave up three costly sacks during the game. One forced the Saints out of the red zone and led to the missed field goal by Wil Lutz. Another sack forced a punt, and the third sack could have led to a punt if not for a penalty by the Browns. It’s increasingly harder for offensive lineman in the NFL, and I believe Unger just ran into a bad match-up against a great player.

At guard, Andrus Peat played well in his return to action. He looked strong in the running game and didn’t give much ground in the passing game. Peat got banged up a little, and while he was out, Josh LeRibeus came in and provided some stability to the line. Eventually, Peat would return, so there shouldn’t be much worry about his status for next week.

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Not much popped out on the other side with Larry Warford. He had a solid game. There were no glaring missed assignments. Steady performance is exactly what you need out of an offensive line, and Warford made his snaps count on Sunday.

Offensive Line Grade: B