2. Bend but don’t break defensively
We all know that the Saints have one of the most talented, high-powered offenses in the league and no defense is going to completely shut them down.
It’s not about locking them down. It’s about bending and not breaking.
Don’t give up huge 62-yard plays that result in quick touchdowns. Find ways to get off the field and preserve energy- especially by winning the third down battles. Don’t let them create a quick score right before halftime.
All of those things- and more- can be categorized as bending, but not breaking. That has to be the overarching key for the defense Sunday afternoon.