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Behind Enemy Lines: A Quick Look at the New Orleans Saints

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NASHVILLE – The Titans face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Here's a quick look at the Saints:

Record: 5-3.

Points for/against: 25.1/19.4.

NFL RANKINGS

Offense: 28th overall, 314.6 ypg (10th rushing, 31st passing).

Defense: 12th overall, 347.0 ypg (1st rushing, 27th passing).

TEAM LEADERS

Head coach: Sean Payton.

Offense:

QB: Trevor Siemian (41-of-70, 408 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 89.5 rating).

Top RBs: Alvin Kamara (146 rush, 530 yards, 3 TDs), Mark Ingram (107 rush, 364 yards, 1 TD).

Top WRs: RB Alvin Kamara (32 catches, 310 yards, 4 TDs), WR Marquez Callaway (22 catches, 309 yards, 4 TDs).

Top TE: Adam Trautman (15 catches, 151 yards, 0 TDs).

Defense:

Sacks: DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (4).

Leading tackler: LB Demario Davis (59).

Interceptions: FS P.J. Williams (3).

Take/Give: +6 (13/7).

Kicker: Brian Johnson (7-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 PATs).

Punter: Blake Gillikin (48.8, 43.4).

Last meeting: December 22, 2019: Saints 38, Titans 28.

Of note:

-Saints QB Trevor Siemian joined the Titans during the 2020 training camp and spent the first nine games of the season on the team's practice squad.

-Saints running back Alvin Kamara played 24 games through two seasons (2015-16) at the University of Tennessee.

-Saints receiver Marquez Callaway played from 2016-2019 at the University of Tennessee.

Injury Report

-S C.J. Gardner-Johnson (foot)

-DE Payton Turner (shoulder)

-RB Alvin Kamara (knee)

-T Terron Armstead (knee/shoulder)

-WR Ty Montgomery (hamstring)

-DE Carl Granderson (shoulder)

-T Ryan Ramczyk (NIR-Rest)

Titans HC Mike Vrabel

(on the challenge of preparing for the Saints with uncertainty surrounding their quarterback position)

I think we have familiarity with Trevor (Siemian). He did a great job when he was here for us in the role that he had. It is a challenge every week to prepare for the next opponent, certainly one that that we don't have a ton of familiarity with. We will have to be prepared for Taysom Hill and for Trevor (Siemian). They really got into a rhythm. They put Taysom (Hill) in there the other day and hit some chunk plays. Then went back to Trevor (Siemian) and really got moving there in the second half.

(on the Saints defense and the challenge it presents)

They have really good players. They are sound and the scheme is good. They are long on the edges with (Marcus) Davenport and (Cameron) Jordan. Stout and explosive inside. I think their backers are active. I have always had a ton of respect for Demario Davis and what he is able to do in the run game, his ability to cover, and also he is a really good blitzer. Does a nice job with them. Kwon (Alexander) and then obviously (Pete) Werner rotating in there. Getting some secondary guys with (Bradley) Roby, (Marshon) Lattimore, (Malcolm) Jenkins, (Marcus) Williams. They have really good players in all three levels of their defense. The rush helps the coverage, and they play different coverages, they play multiple coverages which will then help out the rush.

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