In game simulations by analysts, the Saints have the upper hand when they hold Jones-Drew to under 100 yards. How well they can contain the Jaguars on the ground could be the deciding factor in this game.
Defensive lineman Will Smith, who returned last week after serving a suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, may be a big factor in this game. He is the type of player that is capable of forcing a double team, opening the door for others to disrupt the Jacksonville attack.
Linebacker’s Jonathan Vilma, Will Herring and Martez Wilson all missed practice Wednesday, leaving the Saints very thin at the position.
Cornerback Tracy Porter returned back to action from a calf injury that had him sidelined for the last 2 games and should be a ready to play by game time.
For the Saints offense, this may be one of the more balanced defenses they have faced thus far, allowing on average just 196.3 yards passing and 83.7 yards rushing per game.
The Jaguars have yet to have any single player break the 100 yard mark rushing despite facing two of the leagues better running backs in Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson.