This year has quickly taken a turn for the worst. After a convincing win in Week one, the Saints now find themselves at 1-2. Before the season started, it looked like week four was going to be a win for the Saints that could possibly put them at 4-0. However, now, the Saints are in real danger of falling to 1-3. These are this week’s Keys To The Contest.
Get Pressure on Matt Stafford
The secondary is really thin this week. Our top two corners, Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins, are both out. It’s likely that we’ll see Ken Crawley back on the field playing significant time for the black and gold. It is time for Cam Jordan, who has been unusually quiet, to step up. Stafford needs to be pressured or sacked before he has time to read and dissect the secondary.
Run The Ball
Last week, the run game was looking very nice. Latavius Murray averaged almost five yards a carry, yet he only got 12 carries. Alvin Kamara had 58 yards on just 6 carries. Our top two RBs combined for 18 carries. Meanwhile Drew Brees attempted 36 passes. When the run game is working that well, you don’t turn away from it. It will be crucial that the Saints control the game and keep their thin defense’s workload minimal.
This was a key to the last week’s game against Green Bay, but penalties were killer. The Saints committed 8 penalties for 83 yards. You’d like to see that number cut in half ideally. The best teams don’t shoot themselves in the foot, but that’s exactly what the Saints have done all season. Time to get it on track.
So, the Saints have six starters out but need to get this win. If they can get pressure on Stafford, stick to the run, and limit penalties, the Saints should have a chance to survive Week 4 and improve to 2-2. Hold it.