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NFC South Dominates Week 3; Week 4 Outlook

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The NFC South posted a 3-1 record for the second week in a row but Week 4 could bring challenges for all four teams that are on the road this week.

Yes, the entire NFC South will be on the road this week and homefield advantage is always welcome.  One NFC South team with a rookie quarterback will get his first true test in a real hostile environment.

New Orleans Saints:  The Saints will begin a three game road stretch starting this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Coming off an emotional win last Sunday against the Houston Texans, The Saints will try to ride that into Florida.

The Saints were hit recently with the injury bug but have dealt well with them so far.  They will get a boost with the return of WR Marques Colston who has been cleared to play.  However, LB Jonathan Vilma is still questionable with a knee injury.

The Saints will have to rely on the run game or short passes since the Jaguars are not known for blitzing too much.  On the same token, the Saints defense will need to keep an eye on Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew.  If the Saints new run defense can’t contain him, Jones-Drew will see plenty of action.

The Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert will face some serious pass rush against Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams.  Williams will surely attempt to rattle the young man into some hurried mistakes and poor decisions.

Eventhough the Saints are on the road, I think they will ride the lightning into Florida.  They just need to be careful because the Jaguars are looking to prove a point and Head Coach Jack Del Rio is trying to salvage his season and his job.

My pick for the winner of this game:  New Orleans Saints.