Game previews I'm reading

Since I don’t have time to write my own, here are the game previews I’m reading this week:

Pro Football Focus: 3 to Focus On:

Although Drew Brees (+1.7) graded positively in Week 1, his performance was not what we have come to expect from the NFL’s new single-season passing yards record holder. He completed his lowest percentage of passes since 2006, struggled to find any rhythm in the passing game, and failed to get a first down on six different drives. Brees finished with two interceptions, and if not for butter fingers on the Washington defense, that total could easily have been four or five.

How the Saints’ QB handles Carolina’s pass rush will be key; he was pressured on 35.2% of dropbacks against the Redskins, completing only 35.3% of his passes on those plays. Meanwhile, Carolina managed 15 QB disruptions and was able to pressure Josh Freeman on 46.4% of his dropbacks.

PFF’s recap of last week’s game is worth reading, too.

Mike Tanier at Sports on Earth is a bit light on Saints this week, instead focusing on the perceived similarity between Cam Newton & Robert Griffin III:

There is one other big difference between Griffin and Newton: The Saints showed last season that they could figure out Newton. Newton threw two touchdowns and ran for a third in a narrow Saints win in their first meeting, but was held to just 158 passing yards in a 45-17 Saints win in the rematch.

The article is full of Tanier’s punny goodness, if that’s your sort of thing.

Finally, Andrew Juge continues to do good work at The Saints Nation. Check out his Scouting the Panthers post:

Cam Newton is still the quarterback and he certainly had a lot of buzz going on about him heading into the season. His day against the Bucs last Sunday wasn’t a very good one, though, so he’s looking to rebound much like Brees. Newton is a bigger threat to run than RGIII was last week not because he’s more capable, but because he’s more willing. While he’s not as fast, he’s definitely stronger and more physical. From a passing standpoint, I have not seen the pinpoint accuracy on short passes from Newton that I saw from RGIII last week, but he’s got a stronger arm. So while there’s been a lot of comparisons and both are extraordinary athletes, I don’t think they are exact replicas in style.

And his [5 Things to Look at][5]:

Tomorrow the Saints will play the Panthers in Charlotte, NC and have an opportunity to bounce back from the miserable and shocking performance they turned in at home against the Redskins. Hopefully Aaron Kromer will have a pulse in this one, and the Saints won’t be victimized by a questionable at best back breaking pass interference penalty on 4th down. Here are the five things I’m looking for in this game’

[5]: http://thesaintsnation.com/2012-articles/september/saints-nation-5-things-to-look-for-in-saints-panthers.html