New Orleans Saints’ Week 6 defense the game-changer yet again

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The Saints’ formidable defense

Once again, the defense and Dennis Allen need to be praised.

The object was obviously to contain and confuse rookie backup quarterback Gardner Minshew. They also hoped to keep running back Leonard Fournette in check. Both those missions were accomplished.

Fournette did have 118 total yards, but again we held a rusher under 100 yards and didn’t allow any huge runs. Minshew was often forced to find a second option receiver, often double pumping his throws.

The defensive front was again stellar, applying enough pressure to Minshew to keep him uncomfortable.

At the same time, they blocked up his running lanes so he couldn’t escape the pressure, forcing him to look for covered receivers. He looked like a rookie again today, and that’s what the plan was. He only completed 14 passes for 163 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and took two sacks.

On the other side, Teddy Bridgewater was efficient if not good. He overthrew a good number of passes, particularly in the first half. But he ended up completing 24 of 36 and came out with a 94.7 rating. Not great, but not bad. He made some plays when they were needed.