This Isn’t A Foles Vs. Brees Contest, It’s Eagles Vs. SaintsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles must not try to make this game a battle between himself and Drew Brees. He can’t try to do too much. Foles must take care of the football, like he has been doing all year, as well as focus on taking what the defense gives him. He doesn’t need to force anything. The Birds have plenty of weapons to help him. All he needs to do is get the ball to the playmakers.
Brees is a great player and he’s going to make some plays, that have us all shaking our heads, but the game will still be there to win. The Saints don’t have a good running game, so the Birds defense should be able to make the Saints totally one dimensional. They will get the chance to pick off some of Brees’ passes and they must catch those interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints run defense surrendered 4.6 yards a carry during the regular season, so the Eagles must feature NFL leading rusher LeSean McCoy in their game plan. The Eagles offensive line must dominate. If they can get Shady going, it’s going to open up the passing game for big plays and hopefully help the Birds get a lead.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints defense overcommits themselves to trying to stop McCoy and thereby open up plenty of big plays in the passing game. Rex Ryan is sure to blitz the Eagles, so Foles will get some chances to make them pay by going attacking one-on-one coverage situations.
Stopping Brees and the Saints offense isn’t going to be an easy job. I want to see them mix up the coverages of tight end Jimmy Graham. New Orleans will put some points on the board, but the Eagles defense must make their work for everything they get, but it’s essential that they force some turnovers.
At times during this game, the Eagles linebackers and defensive backs must move up into tight man-to-man coverage and force Brees to hang onto the ball. They must reroute the Saints receivers by jamming them as they come off of the line of scrimmage. It will give the Birds pass rush a chance to get to the New Orleans quarterback and at least get some hits on him. Forcing him to hold the ball will also get him out of rhythm.
The Eagles pass rushers must get their hands up, if they realize they’re not going to get to Brees. On each play, you try to get to the quarterback, but when you see you can’t get their, you must get your hands up to knock down some of Brees’ passes. He’s only 6-feet tall.
They’ve got to mix up their coverages and blitzes, but don’t get blitz happy. They’ve got to get pressure on Brees with four pass rushers. You can’t make blitzing a habit.
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