Mitchell Trubisky didn’t stand a chance.
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The guy standing outside of the defensive end stunted inside and attacked the “A” gap (between the guard and center). The guy in the other “A” gap drops into a zone. Five guys rush, and the protection surprisingly picks it up, with a running back picking the blitzer who stunted into the gap between the guard and center. But it’s not enough. Trubisky steps up in the pocket and is quickly sacked.
This week will put the New Orleans’ depth on the offensive line to test. The team has cycled through players on the line all season due to injuries, and it hasn’t been an issue throughout the season, but the Vikings will put that to the test.
“They bring a lot of guys up to the line of scrimmage, so it puts stress on the quarterback trying to decipher who is coming and who is not,” Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead said. “Stress on the O-line passing off this person or that person. Schematically, they have some things that work to their advantage, and they have the personnel to execute it.”
Plugging holes on the line is not a new issue for the Saints. Kelemete has played 60 percent of the snaps this season and performed as well as anyone else on the line. His teammates voiced confidence in his ability to handle the job this week. But this is the week you’d like to be at full strength, not the other way around.
One of the things Minnesota likes to do is blitz the gaps between the guard and center. That could be an issue this week considering that New Orleans will be without starting left guard Andrus Peat, who landed on injured reserve after suffering a broken fibula against the Carolina Panthers, and will be starting Senio Kelemete in his place.