Oct 28, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts to the touchdown by running back Joe Mixon (28) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Deuce McAllister:  Saints need fast start against Bengals

Kristian Garic
November 08, 2018 - 4:34 pm
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The Saints are nearly a touchdown favorite to win Sunday on the road against the Bengals.  The Bengals are no pushover with a 5 and 3 record, but the Saints are the hottest team in the league right now with a seven game winning streak at 7 and 1.  Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister says the Saints have to come out clicking on all cylinders early in this one.  “You have to start fast, you have to come out fact and not be flat in this game,” McAllister explains. 

This game has “trap” written all over it, after the Saints beat the previously undefeated Rams, and have a massive NFC showdown with the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at home.

The Saints play the AFC North every four years and McAllister says the preparation for this game is really more about how the Saints execute than how the Bengals play.  “You’re really playing against yourself, when you’re playing against an opponent that is banged up.   It’s an uncommon opponent.  They have some good players in Geno Atkins among them.  You can’t let him wreck the game plan.”  The last time the Saints played the Bengals in Cincinnati we saw the birth of the “no brainer freeze play,” where the Saints enticed the Bengals to jump off sides on defense on a critical fourth down late in that game.

McAllister loves the matchups for the Saints especially on defense.  WR AJ Green will likely be out for the Bengals.  “You can take advantage of their linebackers and secondary guys that are banged up.  They are dead last in total defense and remind me of the bad Saints defense in 2015 that set an NFL record for yards allowed in a season,” the Saints all-time leading rusher explained.

The Saints game plan will be simple, slow down running back Joe Mixon.  “Offensively you have to stop the run and make Andy Dalton beat you.  If you can jump on them early, you will be in good position to win this game.  You can’t let this team hang around in the fourth quarter and have a chance to win the game,” McAllister said.  The Saints and Bengals kick off at noon on Sunday, in Cincinnati.

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