In hour two of After Further Review, Matt is joined by football insider, Mike Detillier for a full hour of LSU and Saints talk. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) vs. LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) takes center stage first. Why is Alabama having less success on defense this year? Detillier believes it is because of heavy staff turnover combined with a large amount of underclassmen leaving early for the draft. Detillier adds that the Tide also lack that one star on the defensive front.
“I think LSU wins this game because they match up better up front,” Detillier said.
All signs point to Tua Tagovailoa starting at quarterback for Alabama. What kind of impact can he have?
“He’s going to play and he will be 80%, and his 80% is better than most people’s 100,” Detillier said. “The key is going to be stopping the run. They are going to feed it to you. He’s (Saban) not going to split the atom here. He’s had so much success running the ball in the past.”
If the run is stopped the next step is pressure on the quarterback. Consistent pressure from LSU’s defensive front is something that has been a weakness for the Tigers this year.
“If you can stop the run like you did against Florida, State and Auburn, you’ve done your job,” Detillier said. “Now you have to get pressure, and the pressure has to come up the middle.”
The Saints (7-1) come off a bye to host the Atlanta Falcons (1-7). The Falcons are not having a good year to put it mildly. Detillier details the team’s struggles.
“Well their defense has just been absolutely lousey,” Detillier said. “They can’t protect Matt Ryan and they struggle running the football.”
If the Falcons were to challenge the Saints how would they do so?
“It would be the big play elements of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley,” Detillier said. “That’s the only way this game is close.”
Detillier likes the Saints to win big over the Atlanta, and LSU 35-33 over Alabama.
The guys wrap up with listener questions for Detillier during “Ask Mike.”
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