Saw A lot of interesting things occur in the game last night. Some filled me with apprehension and some were just in disgust at refereeing and linebacker play.
1. The Lions were getting robbed by the officiating all game. Saw 7-8 obvious holds not called, and the fumble on brees being blown dead was crushing in retrospect. The lions inability to score off either Saint turnovers was inexcusable.
2. The Lions linebackers might as well of sat on the bench in the second half. They had no clue where to go in space or who to cover. Worst tackling i've seen in a playoff game.
4. The defense has holes and is susceptible at 2nd corner and linebacker. The front is decent against the run, but the front four can't get pressure. Detroit did not attack the middle of the field once they got behind.
5. The way to attack the Saints offense is pressure up the gut and maintain gap discipline to disrupt Breess' sight lines. His lack of height is his weakness and The Lions Wide 9 front played right into the Saints hands.
Overall, it's hard not to be impressed by the Saints and their record breaking offense. The skill position players they throw at you and the solidity of their O-line is staggering. Brees will have 4-5 throws a game that can be picked off, and when protection breaks down he will fumble if hit.
If the 49ers hit Brees 10 times, sack him 3, force 2-3 turnovers and keep Sproles and Thomas in check they will move on I believe. Look for Willis covering Graham and Bowman blitzing up the gut several times with success.