NolaSportsHub’s Keys to the Contest: Week 14

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The New Orleans Saints have had the luxury of relaxing since their Thanksgiving day victory over the Dirty Birds. However, it is back to business today. This game will have a playoff atmosphere and could very well decide who will come out on top in a top heavy NFC. Here are three things the Saints must do to make their job easier and get a strangle hold on the NFC.

Get the Running Game Going

Our offense has been putting up points, but the problem is that we have been very one dimensional. We have not been utilizing our running backs like we did in 2017 and 2018. Against Carolina, Drew Brees attempted 39 passes and against Atlanta he attempted 30. We have got to find a balance. The running game not only keeps the defense guessing, but it also prolongs possessions and allows the defense to stay fresh. Pound the rock!

Shut Down the 9ers Run Game

San Francisco is a ground and pound team. They like to go on extended drives that wear down the defense. They average 148 rushing yards a game, which is second in the NFL. Our defensive line needs to put a stop to that game plan early by stuffing the run. We need to force the 9ers to air the ball out. Take away their bread and butter, and force them to beat us another way!

Stop Making Simple Mistakes

The scariest thing about this New Orleans Saints team is that we are 10-2, and we have not played a complete football game. We have yet to see the Saints clicking on all cylinders. This week would be the perfect week to get the offense and defense at their best, and limit the penalties. We are currently giving up 68.3 penalty yards a game. We cannot give the 9ers anything easy. Make them earn everything. We know that the officials are quick to throw the flag against us, so we need to do our best to not give them a reason to throw it.

So, if we can get the run game going, shut down the 9ers bread and butter, and click on all cylinders, we will have a great chance to head out of week 14 with a strangle hold on the NFC! Whodat!!

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