The New Orleans Saints are on a roll right now. They just completed what many would call their toughest stretch of the entire season. Not only did they finish that stretch with a 4-1 record, but they’ve done it, for the most part, without their Hall of Fame Quarterback. However, this is the NFL, and there is no such thing as a freebie…unless you’re the Patriots. Here are our three keys to this Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.
Limit Chark and Co.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are similar to the Buccaneers, in the sense that they like to air the ball out when they can. Jacksonville has some underrated weapons at wide receiver, with the main guys being DJ Chark, and Dede Westbrook. Chark, in particular, has been killing the game the first five weeks of the season. Just ask his fantasy owners. He has hauled in 27 passes for a total of 485 yards and five touchdowns in five games this season. It is likely that we will get to see Marshon Lattimore match up with Chark. As we all know, Lattimore has played like THE BEST corner in the NFL the past two weeks. If Lattimore can continue that form this week against Chark, it would be huge for this defense that is continuing to open eyes around the league.
Continue the Offensive Momentum
The difference between the offense we saw against Tampa this past weekend and the offense we saw against Dallas the week prior, was night and day. Against Dallas, Teddy had 193 passing yards and a pick (that was not his fault). Against Tampa, Teddy more than doubled his total yards with 314, and threw for four touchdowns! It was the type of game we had been waiting to see of out Teddy. The biggest knock against him was that he could not throw the ball for more than 10 yards. Well, he showed that he can and will. If Teddy and the offense can keep up the momentum that they built against Tampa, it should be another great game for us Saints fans and our boys.
Get Deonte Harris Going Again
Deonte Harris, our rookie return man, is without a doubt one of the most electric players in the NFL when he gets into open space. He showed what he is capable of against Seattle when he returned a punt for a touchdown. However, ever since that TD, he has struggled to get going. Later on in the game against Seattle he muffed a punt which resulted in a lost possession, and against Tampa he had another muff and a fumble. Harris is an extremely valuable asset to our team. We just need to get him his confidence back, and Sunday will be another chance to accomplish that goal.
So, if the Saints can contain Jacksonville’s passing game, keep up the momentum on offense, and get Deonte Harris his confidence back, it should be another great game for our team! Whodat!!