Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Jets

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Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) and free safety Aaron Williams (23) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated Buffalo 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Whether you want to hear it or not, or throw your computer out of the window, there’s a huge possibility that Mark Ingram is likely to play. Ingram is being put in a tough spot to begin with, as the Jets are ranked #1 in the league against the run this season, only allowing 77.9 yards/game.

I hear a lot of flack being thrown Marques Colston’s way (mainly fantasy owners). Is he washed up? What’s wrong with Colston? Is it time to move on? Everyone really should stop, or just listen to Drew Brees. He said it best in an after practice press conference on Tuesday, when he talked about how many weapons he possesses in his arsenal. Brees mentioned that when you attempt 40 passes, and spread it to 10 different receivers (like in the Buffalo game), it’s very likely that receivers may only get 3-4 catches a game. Brees would also say that Marques’ time will come, and that another game, it will be Nick Toon, then Lance Moore, and Robert Meachem. Besides, I really look for Colston to ‘break out’ or ‘shine’ in the not so near future (more on that next week).

My big key is how the Saints choose to attack on 1st & 2nd down later in the game. Knowing that the Jets have a strong run defense, it may mean that you’re likely to see some different play calls on those downs. Some check downs to the running backs, or designed screen plays won’t be out of the question on the early downs. Most of the first 15-20 plays are scripted, so look for the Saints to have a fairly healthy balance, but if the run game isn’t producing, then Brees could go into gunslinger mode.

What To Watch For: Who Antonio Cromartie matches up against. You’ve got to think, when Marvin Jones, a virtual unknown of sorts, torched the Jets for 4 touchdowns, it really paves the way for a guy like Nick Toon to be a star here. Andy Dalton had much success against the Jets, and planned accordingly for them. Drew Brees will do the same, but definitely respects the fact that Rex Ryan will show different looks to confuse him. Also, look for how the Saints block against Muhammed Wilkerson.

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