Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Patriots

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Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you think you are going to stop one guy, another emerges. That’s been the crazy (and surely frustrating) task for opposing defenses to handle. How about Jed Collins as a knife in your side? I love it!

The Saints have only given up the ball 5 times this season, which leads the NFC currently. So, we always harp on ‘ball security’, thus Drew Brees will have to respect throwing against Aqib Talib. As for who Talib will cover is extremely interesting to see Sunday. The Patriots are tied for 14th in the league with 13 sacks this season, so there’s never going to be a time I tell you that protecting Brees isn’t vital to the team’s success.

I say it weekly, and probably sound like a broken record, but who is going to matchup against Jimmy Graham this week? I honestly look at the Falcons game from a couple of weeks ago, and see what Tony Gonzalez did to the Patriots (14 targets, 12 receptions, 149 yards, and 2 touchdowns). Graham could draw double, and even triple coverage this week, so assuming Brees does get the protection, expect that to mean big things for the other receivers. Even if they put the entire Minutemen Militia on Graham, he will still have a strong day.

Lastly, the loss of Vince Willfork was a big setback for the Patriots. That was clearly evident in the loss against the Bengals. Last week alone, they surrendered 162 rushing yards to Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis (aka Law Firm, or BJGE) & Giovanni Bernard. The Patriots are currently 23rd against the run, giving up 116.4 yards/game, so this could be a great week to be Khiry Robinson (depending on if Ingram returns). One thing is certain, with the Saints leading the league in Time of Possession, they will gladly take the long drives, and look for it to be their friend here.

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