Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Falcons

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Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

I’m eager to see how the Saints rushing attack does here, as Bobby Rainey of the Bucs, who was basically 3rd on the depth chart to begin the season, ripped the Falcons to shreds in the run game last week. Rainey finished with 163 yards on 30 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns. How this translates to the Saints is all in how the carries fall. In the first game, Sproles-Thomas-Ingram were nearly identical with the splits on 26 carries. With Ingram, can he have the type of production like he displayed against Dallas here?

In the first game, Drew Brees targeted Kenny Stills 5 times. Stills hauled in 2 catches for 86 yards. Next to Graham, Colston, and Sproles, he was the most targeted against the Falcons secondary. He’s been relatively quiet lately, after having a mini-hot streak. I like for him to play a pretty big part in the Brees passing attack. You won’t forget Marques Colston either, as he has played extremely well the past couple of games.

I’m also looking for how the Saints account for Osi Umenyiora. He was controlled in the first outing, but he’s far from being overlooked when the Saints take the field. He’s coming off a two sack performance against the Bucs.

What To Watch For: Jimmy Graham. We saw it in the first meeting, Graham shredded the Falcons. With his ailing foot, it will be interesting to see how many snaps he will take this week. Either way for Graham, he has to be one of the happiest about not playing again until December 2nd after this game.

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