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New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings, 10-28-18: In-game report

In a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoff matchup, Minnesota and New Orleans put on a less entertaining showing on Sunday Night Football.  New Orleans took advantage of two costly Vikings turnovers to win 30-20.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:

Saints Quarterbacks 

Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill (pictured at BYU in 2016) has been a jack of all trades for the team.

Sean Payton is one of the most innovative play callers in the NFL and he lived up to the hype on Sunday night against the Vikings, who came into the game ranked No. 10 in  total defense. The former quarterback, turned head coach, used backup quarterback Taysom Hill in Wildcat formations and empty sets and even lined him up at wide receiver while Drew Brees was under center. Hill is 6’2, 220 pounds and can run in-between the tackles and throw the football. His ability forces opposing defenses to have to game plan for something else while still preparing for Brees, the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.  On one possession in the red zone, Payton even put Hill in shotgun and lined quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Brees out wide.  Hill ran up the middle for no gain but it goes to show Payton isn’t afraid to experiment with some new alignments and he may have used the wacky formation to get something on film for a later use.  Hill finished with one completion for 44 yards and three rushing attempts for -2 yards.  The former BYU quarterback has run for 123 yards and one touchdown so far this season. 

Vikings Receivers 

The Minnesota Vikings have two number one receivers in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.   Against New Orleans, Thielen caught seven passes for 103 yards and set the record for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games to start the season with his eighth straight.  He ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards and receptions. On the other side, Diggs caught 10 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.  Most impressive is that the two combined for 17 receptions on 18 targets. Not only are Diggs and Thielen productive, but they make sure to catch anything and everything that comes their way. The Vikings made an effort to attack Saints cornerback P.J. Williams instead of testing Pro Bowler, Marshon Lattimore. Minnesota has two number one level receivers which allows them to pick on cornerbacks, who they deem more of a liability.  Both players made critical mistakes that resulted in big plays for the Saints defense.  With the Vikings up 13-10 and driving in for a score at the Saints’ 18-yard line with 1:11 left in the second quarter, Thielen fumbled after a hit by linebacker Alex Anzalone.  The fumble was recovered by Lattimore and took potential points off the board.  Then, in the third quarter (5:58), Diggs failed to continue to run across the field on a crossing pattern while being covered by Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.  Williams ended up picking off the crossing pattern by Kirk Cousins and returned it for a 45-yard touchdown.  It put the Saints up by 14 and stymied the Vikings attempt to tie the game.  Despite the mishaps, the Vikings will continue to be a force in the passing game behind the production of Diggs and Thielen. 

Saints defense 

Davenport has four sacks for the Saints thus far in his rookie campaign.

Earlier in the week, New Orleans acquired Eli Apple from the Giants for a fourth round draft pick.  Apple led the team in tackles on Sunday night but a lot of those tackles came after he had given up catches.  Apple, who started the game, should form cohesion with the Saints secondary in time as he is accompanied by fellow former Ohio State Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell. With the emergence of defensive end Marcus Davenport (two sacks against Minnesota) alongside Pro Bowler Cam Jordan, New Orleans has the makings of a solid defense.  If defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who served as the secondary coach during the Saints championship season, can get the secondary on the same page then New Orleans could match a strong offense with an equally strong defense. 

Update: Davenport was recently reported to have a toe injury that could keep him out for an extended period of time.

New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins, 8-16-18: In-game report

A few position battles took shape as the Jets and Redskins traded field goals in Thursday night’s preseason game at FedEx Field. Draftnasty’s Troy Jefferson gives you his takeaways from the Redskins 15-13 victory.

Redskins running back search 

Second-round pick Derrius Guice was lost for the season last weekend against the Patriots.  Washington came into the game with Samaje Perine, Robert Kelley and Byron Marshall fighting for the starting role.  However, Perine and Marshall both went down to injuries in the first half after combining for just three carries.  Kelley, while he didn’t get injured, didn’t fare much better.  He finished with 17 yards on seven touches, which isn’t all his fault. The Redskins offensive line didn’t include Pro Bowl OT Trent Williams and struggled all game to create any meaningful gaps for the Washington tailbacks.   Martez Carter enjoyed the best game out of the bunch, totaling 45 yards on seven carries.  Carter showed tremendous vision and quick feet as he used cutbacks to find holes behind the Redskins offensive line.

Bibbs (No. 35 pictured) caught 14 passes for 128 yards (9.1 YPR) and one TD for the Redskins in 2017.

Kapri Bibbs also flashed potential as a receiving option out of the backfield, catching seven passes for 47 yards.  One thing is for certain: Washington still has a lot of evaluating left to do before they find a new starting running back.

Update: The Redskins recently signed seven-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson to a one-year deal. 

Jets quarterback race 

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold (No. 14 pictured under center) has impressed the team’s brass through the first two preseason games.

Rookie first round pick Sam Darnold started the game and like last week showed a command of the offense early on. The Jets gave Darnold a steady diet of short passes and handoffs. However, on his final drive of the night, Darnold threw an interception on 4th and 1 after a ball was batted by a Redskins cornerback and picked off by rookie safety Troy Apke. The rookie from USC finished 8-of-11 for 62 yards and the interception. Teddy Bridgewater played the second half and showed his elusiveness in the pocket.  On his first attempt, Bridgewater fled the pocket and found his receiver for a first down after the play broke down.  On the following plays, Bridgewater completed a pass off a bootleg, sidestepped a free rusher for a first down over the middle and then threw a touchdown in the corner of the end zone.

Teddy Bridgewater, pictured, has completed 73.9-percent of his passes through two preseason games.

However on the next drive, Bridgewater underthrew a pass to the inside shoulder of one his receivers and it was intercepted.  Bridgewater finished 10-of-15 for 127 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception. Both quarterbacks had their bright moments on Thursday night.  As of right now Darnold may have a slight edge but the competition is far from over.

Redskins secondary 

The Redskins released veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier in the week, which was a signal Jay Gruden believed in his young defensive backs.  Against the Jets, the defensive backs looked solid.

Dunbar (No. 23 pictured) has started eight games for the Redskins over the last three seasons.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, a converted wide receiver, was rarely tested and showed fluid hips and tight coverage throughout his outing.  Both the first team and second team defenses also held up in coverage for several seconds; allowing Washington to force two coverage sacks.  Cornerback Deshazor Everett tipped Sam Darnold’s pass, which was later intercepted by safety Troy Apke. Cornerback Prince Charles Iworah also came down with an interception on a ball that was underthrown by Bridgewater.  The Redskins should be encouraged by several defensive backs who contributed against the Jets.