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TE Ben Watson - New Orleans Saints

6-3, 253Born: 12-18-1980College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 32

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Week 12: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Drew Brees has not been able to get his team over the hump of late, with a narrow 24-27 loss to San Francisco (in which he threw 28/47 for 292 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -5 yards taken) and then a blowout loss to the Bengals last week (33/41 for 255 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken). Unfortunately, rookie sensation Brandin Cooks broke his thumb last week and is out indefinitely (but definitely out for this game), leaving Jimmy Graham (seven targets for 7/30/0 receiving last week vs. Cincinnati), Marques Colston (eight for 7/30/0 receiving) and Kenny Stills (four for 4/32/1) to cover for Cooks while he rehabs his hand. The Ravens' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 251.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions and 25 sacks (tied for 11th in the NFL) generated. They coughed up 16/27 for 143 net yards passing, one TD and one interception, with five sacks for -36 yards of Tennessee's Zach Mettenburger two weeks ago, and allowed a whoppping six TD passes and 25/37 for 321 net yards passing, zero interceptions and three sacks for -19 yards generated to Ben Roethlisberger and company during Week 9. This is not one of the premier NFL pass defenses, friends. Advantage, Brees and the home team.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs GB 0 0 0 0
9 at CAR 1 4 0 0
10 vs SF 1 13 0 0
11 vs CIN 0 0 0 0
12 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 1 * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Watson caught one short pass but was used almost exclusively as a blocker.

2014 Week 10 vs SF (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Watson played nearly half the snaps and was used primarily as a blocker. He did get a couple chances as a pass catcher though. He had an opportunity to make a play in the end zone on a well-thrown ball from Brees but the coverage was good and Watson was unable to come down with the catch. Watson made a nice move to beat press coverage at the line but just did not have the burst to create enough separation to make the play.


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