Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Eagles

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Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with teammate tight end Jimmy Graham (80) following a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 42-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Brees-Graham Connection Factor

The Eagles defense is coming off of a game in which Jason Witten caught 12 passes for 134 yards. They also allowed Kyle Orton to pass for 348 yards, never sacking Orton. However, the Eagles defense did have two interceptions, including the game sealer with less than two minutes to go.

Look for the Eagles to know who the Saints key target is, which is no stranger to anyone in the football world, Jimmy Graham. Graham hasn’t gone over 100 yards since the game against the Falcons on 11/21, but has five touchdowns in the last five games. He’s likely to be targeted at least ten times on the night.

If you’re looking for anyone to make some much-needed noise on Saturday, look at Darren Sproles, who has been extremely contained in the past several games, and hasn’t found the end zone since Dallas (11/10).

Not having Pierre Thomas will sting immensely for the Saints, but if there’s ever a time for guys like Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet, assuming he plays, to step up. It will be interesting to see what the Saints will do in his absence, meaning if they dress a running back (Cadet), bring in a fifth receiver (Nick Toon), or have someone on the defensive side.

One thing missing from the Saints tempo, especially in recent road games, is the long ball. It’s all a balanced equation to make it happen, and as we’ve seen, it has gone fairly south.

Play Call In Huddle +/- Brees Effective Audible + Offensive Line Contain + Read Progression = Big Play

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