The New Orleans Saints will begin the teams longest stretch of games away from home since the 2008 season when they travel to Jacksonville to face rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars.
The 3 game run includes games at Jacksonville and Carolina before ending in Tampa Bay on Oct. 16. This stretch of games could give a good indication on how the rest of the season plays out, with two of the three being NFC South rivals.
The Saints are 2-2 all-time versus the Jaguars, and just 2 points (100-98) separate the two teams in the four games, with New Orleans having the edge. Jacksonville is 1-2 on the season and Gabbert will be making only his 2nd career start – the first coming last Sunday when the former Missouri standout assumed the position from a struggling Luke McCown.
Gabbert’s performance was about what is to be expected from a young QB making his first start on the road, completing 12 of 21 passes with 1 td and 1 int. The weather sure didn’t help matters either.
Torrential downpours and heavy winds consumed most of the game making it difficult for even the most seasoned of veterans.
Although the Jaguars are near the bottom of the league in passing offense, their rushing attack, led by everyone’s favorite fantasy player Maurice Jones-Drew, is 6th best in the NFL. New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will make stopping the run a priority in this weeks preparations.