Saints film room: How New Orleans used motion to break open Buffalo's run defense

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:12:03 AM. Ted Ginn Jr. deserves a game ball for his performance in the running game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Ted Ginn Jr. deserves a game ball for his performance in the running game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Saints wide receiver didn’t have a single carry during the 47-10 win, but his presence on the field got the Saints running backs at least an extra 90 yards. He was the ultimate decoy, and the Bills never figured out how to adjust to his presence on the field. Depending on your allegiance, you either laughed at how often New Orleans used the same motion to freeze up the Buffalo linebackers and get the looks they wanted in the running game, or you cringed as the defense was manipulated by Ginn play after play. For whatever reason, this wrinkle unlocked something in the Bills defense and was one of the reasons the Saints rushed for 298 yards. It started early. One of the first examples came with 7:46 remaining in the first quarter on a fourth-and-1 play. The Saints came out in “11 personnel” with two receivers on one side of the formation and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and wide receiver Willie Snead tight on the other. Ginn motions toward the tight side of the formation, looping behind Mark Ingram. The motion causes middle linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to get wide, which opens the middle of the field. He continues to spill out toward Hoomanawanui and Snead, expecting a sweep, as Drew Brees instead hands off to Ingram. With the middle of the field cleared, the Saints get double teams on both of Buffalo’s interior linemen, which opens a hole for Ingram to pick up...Read more
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