Saints defense seeks improvement vs Newton
METAIRIE - Malcolm Jenkins doesn't envision New Orleans' defense crumbling for a second-straight week, no matter how similar the challenges of stopping Russell Wilson and Cam Newton may be.
Jenkins can point to the Saints' No. 8 ranking in total defense as the basis for his rationale. He'd also like to believe the Saints learned from their mistakes against Wilson during Monday night's 34-7 loss in Seattle.
Last week, the Saints gave up a 429 yards, the second most in a game this season. The bigger problem was their inability to stop Seattle on third down, when Wilson used his scrambling ability to extend plays in which his protection broke down.
Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton says New Orleans must keep Carolina's Newton in the pocket in Sunday night.