The defense, led by Za’Darius Smith, has proven to be a solid, if not spectacular unit so far this year.
“Green Bay is consistently putting pressure on quarterbacks, consistently making plays, giving their offense opportunities,” Avril says.
“That is what the game boils down to, giving your offense opportunities. Once you give Rodgers the ball, anything is possible. They definitely have some special things going on in Green Bay.”
New Orleans Saints: ‘I’m not going to let five games change my perspective of Drew Brees’
The Saints have had a mixed start to the season. Some impressive wins, some underwhelming performances. The inability of Drew Brees to throw deep has been a talking point, with the Saints as a whole failing to live up to expectation.
However, what New Orleans do have is a coach and a quarterback who know how to win. They demonstrated it perfectly against the Chargers on Monday, securing an overtime win. Ultimately an offense that contains Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray and Jared Cook – especially when led by Sean Payton – will find a way to score points, even if Brees is not as good as he once was.
It once again comes down to the defense, which is strong on paper, and whether they can make enough plays when it counts.
Avril was keen to point out that Brees should not be written off just yet.
“As a defensive player, if I’m prepping for Drew Brees, I’m not looking at those past four, five games. I’m going to watch them to break the film down, but I’m not going to let five games change my perspective of Drew Brees and what he has done over the last 19 years.
“I would not let those five games blur my vision on how great he is and how great that team can be with him leading the charge.”
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