Thursday, January 28, 2010
Saints might have edge in Clark matchup
By Pat Yasinskas
One of the matchups that already is drawing a lot of talk -- and will continue to right up to the Super Bowl -- is Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark against the New Orleans defense.
Clark had 100 catches for 10 touchdowns during the regular season. Clark also caught nearly 76 percent of the passes thrown his way and that presents a huge challenge for any defense. But the Saints just might be up for the test.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Saints excelled at defending tight ends this season. On passes to tight ends, the Saints held opponents to a 57.4 completion percentage and 6.3 yards per attempt.
The Saints only allowed one touchdown pass to a tight end. They intercepted four passes intended for tight ends. They held opposing quarterbacks to a 65.4 passer rating on balls thrown for tight ends.