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18.10.2019 05:09
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So what else is new?“Just another day in the life of being a teammate of Drew Brees Dexter Williams Jersey ,” said Saints running back Mark Ingram.“He breaks records every year — always something he’s breaking, always something he’s accomplishing, always some milestone he’s setting. That’s special just to know that no one in the game has done what you’ve done.”This latest mark is a big one. Brees could become the NFL’s all-time yards passing leader when the Saints (3-1) host the Washington Redskins (2-1) on Monday night.Brees is 201 yards short of eclipsing Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 yards passing.Earlier this season, Brees surpassed Brett Favre as the NFL’s all-time completion leader — now 6,344 and counting.In 2017, Brees’ completion rate of 72 percent set an NFL record for a single season. He also owns the NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 54, passing Johnny Unitas’ mark of 47 in 2012.Brees says he’ll cherish his records one day, but is more concerned with beating Washington.“Listen, I’m just focused on making great decisions in the game, moving the football, moving the chains, getting points, winning the game,” Brees said.The Saints’ quarterback said he’s focused on incremental goals since his NFL career began 18 years ago, and uses the word “crazy” to describe what it’s like to see his name next to all-time greats in the NFL record book.Brees said he “never would have dreamed” of passing for more than 70,000 yards when he was selected by San Diego at the top of the second round of the 2001 draft, “But just extremely grateful, thankful obviously for the opportunity to be here and just excited about the opportunity we have for this team, for this year Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , this season, this game.”Brees rarely passes for fewer than 200 yards in a game, but it’s happened — twice last season, in fact. Both of those games were lopsided Saints victories dominated by New Orleans’ ground game.Washington has the third-ranked pass defense in the NFL, allowing 187.3 yards per game.“I know they want to go for another 200 yards and get him that all-time passing lead, but our job is to not have that happen,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “And we’re going to do everything in our power not to.”If Brees does break the record, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he’d “probably clap,” adding, “It’s a great accomplishment, man. Any coach or player in this league has got to have the utmost respect for what he’s accomplished in his career.”Some other story lines surrounding Redskins-Saints:GROUND FORCESWith Mark Ingram returning from a four-game suspension, this matchup features two of the more dynamic running duos in the NFL. Last season, Ingram and Alvin Kamara became the first running back tandem in NFL history to each surpass 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a single season.The Redskins counter with the mix-and-match potential of Adrian Peterson and third-down back Chris Thompson. Peterson has three rushing touchdowns and Thompson has averaged 5.5 yards a carry and also has a team-high 20 receptions.Adding intrigue is the fact that Peterson played for New Orleans for the first four weeks of 2017 before being traded to Arizona.“He’s played a lot of games in his career and I don’t think he holds any grudges,” Gruden said. “Might be a little special for him, but I doubt it. He takes every game very seriously, prepares very well and plays physical against everybody.”BANGED-UP REDSKINSThe league’s earliest bye week came at a beneficial time for the Redskins with left tackle Trent Williams needing a cleanup procedure on his surgically repaired knee, left guard Shaun Lauvao battling a calf injury and Norman dealing with a hamstring problem.The Saints enter their bye week after Monday night’s game.HILL’S GROWTHThird-string quarterback Taysom Hill seems to be finding more ways to help the Saints each week. Not wanting to squander his all-around athleticism, the Saints decided to let the speedy, 6-foot-2 , 221-pound Hill try his hand on special teams covering kicks.After that went well, the Saints made him a kickoff return man early this season. Meanwhile, he has increasingly replaced Brees in short-yardage or some red zone snaps as a read-option QB and also completed a pass on a successful fake punt last week.“Him throwing it last game — he’s not a one-trick pony. He’s just a weapon for us, man,” Ingram said. “That’s another way for our offense to be more explosive and it’s just a testament to Sean and Pete coming up with ways to utilize a weapon.”REMEMBER THE SUPERDOMEWashington’s 15-point blown lead in the final three minutes of last year’s game still sticks with players and Gruden. Thompson remembers watching from the locker room after breaking his right fibula and hearing the crowd react to the Saints’ comeback.“You have to continue playing offensively and defensively and special teams and the minute you give (them) a cracked door, they will kick it down,” Gruden said. “We have to make sure we are on top of all of our fundamental plays, defensively and offensively, to make sure we get this thing done.” LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles‘ recent struggles aren’t providing any comfort to the Los Angeles Rams.The NFC West champions have a few problems of their own for perhaps the first time this season.With three losses in their past five games, the Eagles (6-7) are facing an uphill challenge just to earn the opportunity to defend their Super Bowl title in the playoffs. Their offense can’t get rolling, the defense can’t defend the pass, and quarterback Carson Wentz’s fractured vertebra sits atop a bulging list of injury problems.Article continues below ...But the Eagles’ gritty performance in a 43-35 win at the Coliseum last season is still fresh in most football minds in Los Angeles. The Rams (11-2) would never take the champs lightly heading into the teams’ Sunday night showdown.“I still look at them like a Super Bowl-caliber team,” Rams receiver Robert Woods said. “Still the defending champs. We get a chance to play them in prime time. We get to play at home. We get to play well and redeem ourselves from last week.”The Rams can’t spend any time thinking about the Eagles’ woes, either. Los Angeles is coming off a dispiriting 15-6 loss in chilly Chicago during which it failed to score a touchdown for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s tenure.McVay has never lost consecutive games, and no team has beaten the Rams twice during his two seasons — but Philadelphia has a chance to do both. The coach has no trouble getting his players’ attention this week with the combination of their second loss and a visit from the champs.Wentz did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and on Saturday was declared out for the Rams game. Wentz’s second NFL season ended at the Coliseum a year ago when he tore a ligament in his left knee, but Nick Foles relieved him and led the Eagles to that win over his former franchise, clinching the NFC East in the process.Along with his Super Bowl MVP award, Foles always has motivation against the Rams: He started 11 games for the team in St. Louis in 2015, but he asked to leave after the Rams drafted Jared Goff in the ensuing spring.“Doesn’t affect much, because Carson is a great football player , but they also were able to win a Super Bowl with Nick playing really high-level football,” McVay said.More things to watch when Mike Trout’s favorite team visits him in Southern California:DEFENDING HOMEA huge contingent of Eagles fans undoubtedly will turn out at the Coliseum, but the Rams are finally building a home-field advantage that everyone felt during their 54-51 win over the Chiefs last month. The Rams are 6-0 at the Coliseum this season after going 4-11 in their temporary arena during the first two years.HARD TO SUBOne of the overlooked challenges for defenses that have to face the Rams and their high-powered offense is the difficulty in trying to rotate defensive players into the game because Los Angeles uses the same personnel group — three receivers, one tight end, one running back — almost the entire game.“The Rams don’t substitute very often,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “Even in short yardage and goal line, they’re in the same personnel group. It does make it a little bit more difficult to sub. We’re going to have to be surgical with our substitutions, particularly on third down.”The Eagles struggled against the Saints, who also use an up-tempo offense. New Orleans beat Philadelphia 48-7 last month.“We didn’t react very well to it against the Saints. That had to do with a lot of the big plays we gave up in that game,” Schwartz said. “But we have a little bit more experience with it now. We have to do better.”GURLEY’S GAMETodd Gurley’s 28 yards rushing in Chicago were his fewest since his rookie season in 2015, and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott edged in front of him in the NFL rushing race . McVay blamed himself for not getting the ball into the hands of his franchise running back more often, and he seems determined to rectify that oversight.Rather than testing Fletcher Cox and the Eagles’ statistically stout run defense, the Rams may be tempted to throw excessively against the Eagles’ injury-riddled secondary, which likely means more targets for Gurley in the passing game.SPREADING IT AROUNDSince receiver Golden Tate arrived in Philadelphia, coaches have struggled to incorporate him into the offense. Tate only had one catch last week and played just 20 snaps.The offense has various options, including tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert and receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.But the Eagles traded a third-round pick for Tate, so he was expected to be a major part of the game plan each week.“It’s just trying to find the right balance and get those guys in the right position so that they can make the plays we need to help us win,” offensive coordinator Mike Groh said.

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