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Saints eager to test run defense vs. Eagles

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago January 02, 2014 Jan 2, 2014 Thursday, January 02 2014 January 02, 2014 4:15 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

METAIRIE - If New Orleans' fourth-ranked defense is vulnerable in one area, it is stopping the run.

The Saints ranked 19th in that area during the regular season, yielding 111.6 yards per game.

When they open the playoffs Saturday night in Philadelphia, they'll have to contend with LeSean McCoy, the NFL's top rusher, and a couple capable backups who help form the NFL's top running game.

Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton says New Orleans' rushing defense statistics have been skewed by some bad games, but that overall New Orleans' defense has done well stopping the run. The Saints allowed only 88 yards rushing in a victory over Buffalo, which ranked second in the NFL in rushing, and only 81 yards in a win over San Francisco, which ranked third in rushing.

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