Last week with Carolina, it was all about stopping the one-two punch of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. This week however, the Eagles have to focus their efforts on shutting down quarterback Drew Brees. Playing the Lions last week, Brees put up over 350 yards passing and threw for six touchdowns. He came out and proved he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league last week.
The Eagles defense was on top of their game last week forcing five interceptions and two fumbles. Three of these interceptions came from our starting corners who are going to have a big challenge tomorrow. Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown were able to hold Carolina’s starting receivers to seven receptions for 62 yards. If they can hold the Saints starters to similar numbers they should be golden. However, this will be an almost impossible task with Brees throwing the ball.
In order to throw Brees off his rhythm, the defensive line is going to have to apply pressure and not let him settle in the pocket. They were in Jake Delhomme’s face a lot last week and need to have the same type of effort tomorrow. Sean McDermott called a great game last week switching up the defense and moving players around. It was his first true test of filling in for Jim Johnson and he couldn’t have done a better job.
I don’t think there is a more important part of this game then stopping Brees tomorrow. An average game from Brees is better than a good game from many other quarterbacks. I’m looking for the defense to step up big tomorrow and take the pressure off of Kevin Kolb.
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