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METAIRIE , La. (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints

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face an unusual challenge this weekend.They’ll try to keep up with an offense every bit as potent as their own — and do so against one of the top-rated defenses in the NFL.Saints coach Sean Payton said dealing with the Los Angeles Rams‘ eighth-ranked defense Ramik Wilson Jersey Black Friday will be a tall order in itself.“It presents a ton of problems,” Payton said. “First off, the talent when you’re talking about some of the top tackles and ends in the business — that that in itself is difficult. And then when you put it with an outstanding scheme, then you really have a challenge.”Brees said Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh comprise the best interior defensive line he’s faced since he was at Purdue and played a Georgia team fielding Marcus Stroud and Richard Seymour in the 2000 Outback Bowl (Georgia won, 28-25).“At this level, it’s really unheard of to have Suh and Donald in there,” Brees said. “Those guys are unbelievable.”Donald and Suh have combined for 13 sacks, with Donald getting 10.The Saints so far have held up well against the pass rush. Brees has been sacked nine times and generally has had enough time to make accurate throws. He was intercepted for the first time Sunday night in Minnesota when an edge-rusher was unblocked and closing quickly on him.Offensively, New Orleans ranks eighth in yards per game and second in points per game at 33.4. Brees’ passing numbers have gone down lately, but more because of New Orleans’ ability to run the ball more and control the clock with Mark Ingram returning from his four-game suspension.The Saints are 3-0 since Ingram’s return and have won six straight overall after losing to Tampa Bay in the season opener.But the unbeaten Rams rank second offensively in yards per game (442.6) and have averaged 33 points, which rank third.Brees sees similarities between the Saints when he and Sean Payton first joined forces 13 seasons ago, and the Rams under 32-year-old offensive-minded head coach Sean McVay and 24-year-old Jared Goff, the 2016 top overall draft choice.“We like to feel like over the last 13 years that we’ve kind of been at the forefront of offensive football … taking the personnel that you have and being able to utilize it in some really unique ways,” Brees said.“You can’t help but turn on the film and be intrigued by the things that they’re doing. Obviously, I think Jared Goff is playing as well as anybody right now. He’s got a bunch of weapons there at the receiver position that are lighting it up https://www.ramsfanstore.com/Todd-Gurley-II-Jersey , Todd Gurley, one of the best backs in the league.”Brees said that while he doesn’t know McVay well, he said the Rams coach’s youthful energy, enthusiasm and offensive background remind him of Payton to some extent, starting with the fact they both played quarterback in college and had offensive backgrounds as NFL assistants before their first head coaching jobs.“What I’ve seen from his offenses and what I hear about him is there’s a lot of those same traits, and it makes it really, really fun to play for a guy like that, because it makes it exciting and it gives you a ton of confidence,” Brees said.Brees also said it is apparent that the pairing of McVay with Goff “was a great match.”Saints defensive end Cam Jordan said his unit should be confident in its ability to slow Los Angeles if it plays largely mistake-free schematically and tackles well throughout, especially against Gurley.“When we’re able to execute at a high level, I don’t think there’s anybody on the field that can stop us. We have to be able to do that for all 60 minutes though,” Jordan said.Notes: Saints rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport missed practice because of a toe injury. He did not confirm reports that he would be out for about a month, saying he’s seeking multiple opinions and hasn’t ruled out playing against the Rams on Sunday. He played with the injury at Minnesota, where he had two sacks, giving him a total of four through his first seven NFL games. The injury occurred during his sack of the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins in the third quarter. Davenport said he had to play differently afterward https://www.ramsfanstore.com , and tried to “not think about it and just go out there and try to ball and take as many chances as I could.” After the final whistle blew as the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks, 36-31, DL Aaron Donald had a problem.A problem with Seattle Sehawks C Justin Britt.The problem really didn’t originate in this game or with Britt, but that’s where we should start: at less than 1:30 left to go in the game with the Seahawks down five points with the ball needing a touchdown and looking to start a drive from their own 25-yard line.On the very first play of the possession, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was pressured by EDGE Dante Fowler, Jr., who is having quite the start to his Rams career, into forcing what looked like an intentional grounding. Wise to play through the whistle and play as if it were a fumble, Donald picked up the ball and began to return it down to about the 20-yard line.Until Britt laid a cheap shot on him as Donald was giving the ball back to the refs:In the sense of things overall, it’s a cheap shot on one of the Rams’ best players. And it comes at the end of a particularly chippy divisional rivalry.So you can understand why Donald was, in the moment, heated.And if you need to know the sincerity of how dirty it was, peep Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman letting Britt know that’s just not how the game’s played even when you’re 5’8”, 180 lbs. standing up to someone who’s 6’6”, 315 lbs.That was never a scrap NRC was gonna win Los Angeles Rams Customized Jerseys , and Donald wasn’t about to let him have at it anyway:And if things had ended there with unnecessary roughness flags offsetting on both, it would have been the billionth time things got scrappy in a game like this.But what’s perhaps lingering further and into Overreaction Monday was Donald putting his helmet back on and seeking Britt out on the Seahawks sideline after the game was over:Now some have suggested this was equally unprofessional of Donald. Some have gone so far as to suggest he deserves a suspension. Put more succinctly by ESPN blogger Lindsey Thiry, many considered it to be “not good.”But I’d consider things from a perspective prior to Week 10.I’d consider that Donald is having his best statistical season as a professional football player after two holdouts in two successive seasons in which he was vilified by a plurality (albeit a minority) of Rams fans. Like many players before him but few as talented or as valuable, Donald waited for his payday and a deserved one at that. And waited. And waited. And waited while teammates of his that were nowhere near as deserving got their bread. And players across the league got theirs. And Aaron Donald watched all the way until the final days prior to the season when the Rams finally #paidtheman.But it’s worth remembering the precipice he was on.This game can end for players in a single moment. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell has been delayed his payday to who knows what end. New Orleans Saints WR Dez Bryant tore his Achilles practically as soon as he was signed and may have ended his career with as much. But maybe most relevant was the Seahawks’ own safety Earl Thomas who found a hard wall between himself and a new contract elsewhere erected by the Seahawks’ front office right up until he broke his leg and let the Seahawks know how he felt about it:And I reference that specifically because this is how John Fraley put it over at Field Gulls, the SB Nation community for fans of the Seahawks:THAT is what Aaron Donald put his helmet on to go confront.Not Justin Britt. Not a dirty play. Not an enemy or a rival or an opponent. He went to confront the very real proximity of all of it coming crashing down.And that’s way more “not good” than facing down Britt on the sideline.Besides, Donald wasn’t going to hurt Britt. Hell, he clearly didn’t even want to fight. If Aaron Donald wants to throw hands, Aaron Donald is gonna throw hands.He wanted to let him know, and any and everyone paying attention at home, that it ain’t going down like that. Not Aaron Donald. Not the 2018 Rams.This is a physical game. The Rams currently have 12 players on injured reserve. We see injuries across the league on a weekly basis that end seasons, that end careers. We might have seen one today for WR Cooper Kupp albeit without the pernicious sin of dirty play.What we saw from Aaron Donald at the end of the game was a player confronting the emotional-laden mortality of his professional career. And it’s why if you watch the clip again, you can see Seahawks QB Russell Wilson initially arrive to intervene before backing off.Unlike Britt, Donald wasn’t going to do anything to threaten his career.He wasn’t doing anything nor was he going to do anything “not good.”With his own conduct putting Donald’s physical readiness on the line, Britt had already made sure the time for that had passed.


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