New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will have to continue to play well for the Saints to be successful. After throwing 86 passes without an interception in the first two games, Brees was picked off twice in week three against the Houston Texans. The Saints will need to do a better job of protecting the ball this week.
Running backs Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram will have to find ways to make positive yards behind a offensive line that may be missing right tackle Zach Strief and center Olin Kreutz, both who suffered knee injuries last Sunday.
Although both were held from practice Weds. their status for the game is unsure. Back up tight end David Thomas also sat out with a concussion.
Wide receiver Marques Colston was back at practice on a limited basis after missing the last two games with a broken collarbone and is expected to play.
In a game with two teams who’s strengths are pitted against each other, New Orleans offense versus the Jaguars’ defense, special teams play become that much more impotant.
Saints return man Darren Sproles could be the difference maker should the game be decided by a touchdown or less. If he can give the Saints a short field to work with on returns it would go a long way in helping the team win.