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NFL defenses are turning up the pressure on the New Orleans Saints offense | NOLA.com

The game plan varies from week to week, but in general opponents are playing the Saints more conservatively on defense. They're aligning their safeties in deep coverage to prevent the big play and forcing the Saints to beat them with the short passing attack. This is not a new phenomenon. The Colts employed a similar strategy in the Super Bowl and the Saints happily took what was offered. Brees completed a record 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Only two of his completions covered more than 20 yards. None were longer than 27 yards. This season the Saints' offense hasn't fired with the same consistent efficiency, in large part because of injuries.
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