Keys to the Game: Dolphins vs. Saints

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Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) catches a touchdown pass over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the first quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

First of all, how awesome was it to see Robert Meachem catch this touchdown? It’s almost like he never left. Meachem’s role may be increased this week, which primarily depends on Lance Moore’s status.

The big key here is to keep Drew Brees protected. The Saints have already allowed 10 sacks on Brees this season, and in case you are wondering, the most Brees has ever been sacked in his career was 27 times in 2005, which ironically was his final season in San Diego. As for being a Saint, Brees was sacked 26 times last season in 16 games. Brees is on pace to get sacked roughly 48 times this season. Zac Strief has publicly stated that the line has to do a much better job of protecting Drew, and with the talent on the offensive line, it shouldn’t happen as many times as it has. The Dolphins may be without Cameron Wake, which would be a huge blow to their pass rush. His status is one to keep an eye on.

The Saints have got things done despite not being able to run the ball as effectively as they want to. They are only averaging 3.5 yards/carry, but have averaged out running it 10 attempts more than their opponents. The Saints got their first 100 yard rushing game of the season (104). The Saints have hovered & flirted with the mark (Atlanta, 88 & Tampa, 75). As for gaining 100 yards last week, you can thank Khiry Robinson with some of those late carries. Should Ingram be kept out again due to the Toe Injury, expect Robinson to suit up again Monday Night, and along with Travaris Cadet, he proved his versatility, by playing on Special Teams.

The only other thing I’d keep an eye out on for this game is who matches up on Jimmy Graham. Last week, it didn’t matter who covered Graham, even when it was Patrick Peterson. When they did Peterson on Graham to cover him, and all else failed? Drew Brees just ran it in for a score.

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Topics: Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, NFL 2013 Week 4, NFL Week 4, NFL Week 4 Matchups, Sean Payton

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