Whether it was fresh legs or a more imaginative game plan, the Ravens kept up a constant stream of pressure against Saints quarterback Drew Brees Sunday. Brees was never able to find his rhythm, even though he directed a 92-yard scoring drive in the game.
The Ravens kept Brees guessing as to when they would blitz and when they would drop into coverage. They even got pressure out of the 3- and 4-man fronts they like so much.
"We mixed it up a lot more today," linebacker Jarret Johnson said. "It was really a good job mixing up our pressures and our coverage. ... People hate the 3-man [rush] only when the quarterback is standing back there all day long. Nobody really notices it when we're batting balls down and stuff. When we're good is when we're able to mix in the 3-man rush to match coverage with our blitzes and our pressures and different disguises. That's when we're good."
The Ravens were good Sunday. They "held" Brees to 267 passing yards and five third-down conversions. Johnson got his first sack of the season (he shared one earlier), and Terrell Suggs and Dannell Ellerbe both sacked Brees.
Said cornerback Chris Carr: "We hit him consistently, and we had better coverage" in the back end.
Safety Ed Reed went so far as to say there was no difference in how the Ravens played the Saints and the Texans, when they were shredded for 393 yards by Matt Schaub.
"There was no difference than any other game we finished," Reed insisted. "Understand what I'm saying? We haven't done anything different. It was just about executing, guys being where they're supposed to be, doing their job. Just like last week getting the win, it was the same thing this week. Hats off to those guys [the Saints] because they're a great team."
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