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in NFL history and the league's highest-scoring offense is precisely why 36-year-old Terrell Suggs still gets a kick out of playing football.Suggs and the Baltimore Ravens' top-ranked defense take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in an intriguing matchup of first-place teams."They're the kind of explosive offense that gives you nightmares Color Rush Benjamin Watson Jersey ," Suggs said. "We get to play football against one of the premier quarterbacks. It's going to be a good, fun game."Suggs had one of Baltimore's 11 sacks last week in a 21-0 rout of Tennessee. The Ravens (4-2) are allowing an NFL-low 12.8 points and 270.8 yards per game and have given up only 12 second-half points."There's really no weakness," Brees said. "They do so many things well."The Saints (4-1) come off a bye with a four-game winning streak. New Orleans is averaging an NFL-best 36 points per game behind Brees, the league's career leader in yards passing with 72,103 yards ."It's definitely going to be a task there, but we're up for it," said Suggs, a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker. "We like this game. We get the chance to compete against as good a team as there is."The prospect of facing the Saints and the 39-year-old Brees is enough to make Suggs feel young again."He's been here longer than me, so I won't be the old guy," Suggs said with a smile. "But definitely, I mean that just goes to his experience. He's mastered his craft. He's not showing age; he's just one of those ferocious, deadly quarterbacks in our league."Brees is 0-4 lifetime against the Ravens. When the teams last played, in November 2014, Suggs had six tackles and a sack in Baltimore's 34-27 victory."He's the ageless wonder," Brees said of Suggs. "He's still playing at such a high level deep in his career, and man, he's been doing it so well for so long. I'm obviously aware of that they are the only team that I haven't beaten http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-max-unger-jersey , but they've always had a great team."Some other things to know about the Saints-Ravens game:DEVELOPING DEFENSEThe Saints' defense stumbled out of the gate, but has looked markedly better in the previous two games. New Orleans yielded averages of 421 yards and 34.3 points through its first three games, but allowed fewer than 300 yards and 20 points in each of the past two.The improvement could stem from increasing comfort within the scheme of a few new players, including veteran linebacker Demario Davis and rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport.New Orleans has been 鈥?at least statistically 鈥?the NFL's best against the run, allowing just 71.4 yards per game. One reason is that opponents have gone to the air on nearly two-thirds of their offensive plays against the league's 30th-ranked pass defense.HELLO, OLD FRIENDRavens wide receiver Willie Snead was once one of Brees' favorite targets. He left for Baltimore as a restricted free agent during the offseason, and now is catching passes from Joe Flacco."It's great to see him doing well and doing the things I'm sure a quarterback like Joe appreciates," Saints coach Sean Payton said.Snead intends to trade jerseys with Brees after the game."Absolutely," Brees said. "He's a stud, man. I love Willie."ELUSIVE ACHIEVEMENTBrees is trying to become just the third QB in NFL history to defeat every team in the league, joining Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.Now in his 13th season with the Saints after five years with the Chargers, Brees is still searching for a victory against the Ravens."I would love to beat these guys," Brees said. "You always know it is going to be a slugfest."HOME AGAINComing off a three-game road trip, the Ravens play four of the next five at home, where they're 61-21 since coach John Harbaugh arrived in 2008."We get to play in front of our home fans, so that's going to be exciting," Suggs said. "It feels like it's been forever since they got the opportunity to see us play."EMERGING TARGETSIt took three games for free-agent acquisition Cameron Meredith to make his first catch with New Orleans and four games for third-round draft choice Tre'Quan Smith to make his initial reception.Now it appears as if they've got the hang of it. Smith had touchdowns of 62 and 35 yards against Washington Color Rush Sheldon Rankins Jersey , and Meredith had five catches for 71 yards, including a 46-yard gain. Their emergence has strengthened a receiving group led by Michael Thomas, who leads the club with 46 catches for 519 yards.AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.Standout performers from the Saints shocking season opening loss to Tampa Bay The New Orleans Saints opened their 53rd NFL season with a thud, falling at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-40. The Saints defensive performance was embarrassing, giving up 417 yards passing and 4 scores on just 21 completions to Tampa Bay's backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.The Saints front line did not generate any pressure at all, and allowed Fitzpatrick 36 more yards and another touchdown on the ground. The New Orleans secondary was helpless against the Buccaneer receivers, giving up a combined 293 yards and three scores against Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. The defense didn't fare much better against the run, allowing what was thought to be a pedestrian Tampa rushing game over 100 yards for the game, and keeping the New Orleans defense on their heels with a play action attack. The Saints running game struggled without Pro Bowl back Mark Ingram as well, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry and netting just 48 yards rushing for the game. While it's back to the drawing board for the New Orleans defense for a week two meeting with the Cleveland Browns, there were a few shining stars in yesterday's game. Let's have a look at a couple players for the Saints that did stand out, as they look to rebound from yesterday's disappointing performance. Alvin Kamara Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsKamara was last year's offensive rookie of the year, and looks as if he's only scratched the surface of what he can do. Against a Tampa Bay defense focused on containing him, especially in the absence of Mark Ingram, Kamara had 9 receptions for 112 yards, 29 yards rushing Youth Mark Ingram II Jersey , 3 total touchdowns and a 2-pt. conversion. We didn't get to see much of Kamara's ability as a rusher, with just eight carries on the day, but that could have been a combination of Saints pass-heavy game plan, along with the fact that New Orleans was playing from behind most of the afternoon. With both Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams ineffectiveness (four carries, nine yards, and a fumble), we could see Kamara utilized as a runner even more in the upcoming weeks until Ingram's return. Don't expect New Orleans do shy away from his talents as a receiver, however, but instead giving Kamara an even bigger role in the Saints offense. Michael Thomas Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThomas broke a team record that had stood since 1978 (Tony Galbreath) by catching 16 passes against the Bucs. He also led all receivers with 180 yards and added a touchdown. Thomas did have a crucial drop that hastened the end of one New Orleans third quarter drive, and a critical fumble on the following possession that halted a Saints scoring drive. Make no mistake though, Thomas has quickly become one of the finest receivers in the NFL, and his assault on the team's record books appears to have just begun. The combination of Thomas and Kamara seems nearly impossible for any defense to contain, and gives the New Orleans offense perhaps the most dangerous 1-2 punch combination in the league. Drew Brees Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesBrees was, well Brees. While most of his team did little to support him, the 39-yr. old future Hall of Famer was magnificent, completing 82% of his passes for 439 yards and 3 touchdown passes. He moved his offense despite the absence of a running game (just 43 yards on 13 carries), and an abysmal defensive performance. Brees' performance leaves him now just 1 Youth Alvin Kamara Jersey ,056 passing yards short of Peyton Manning's all-time yardage record, but the Saints hopes for a successful season will likely be dashed if the team cannot again become balanced around their iconic signal caller. Tom Benson Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesFor the first time since 1985, the Saints took the field without their owner. Benson, who has been the team's owner since 1985, passed away in March. He was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor on Sunday. His contributions to the franchise, and the city, will never be forgotten. Under his leadership, New Orleans won the first division championship in their history (1987), established themselves as a perennial playoff contender, first playoff win (2000), and of course a Super Bowl championships in 2009. These were just a few among the many achievements that Mr. Benson and his franchise accomplished in over three decades through the Gulf Coast region who looked at their team as part of the family. The culture that Mr. Benson put in place will continue through his wife Gayle, with his name overlooking the franchise he built that embodies an entire region. Custom Dallas Cowboys Jerseys
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