Aug 3, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver run sprints following a scrimmage at the team training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
After an offseason of waiting the New Orleans Saints have finally arrived at Week 1 of the preseason for their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
There are plenty of stories to watch heading into the game, especially with the recent injuries to Joe Morgan and Kenyon Coleman. Here we will take the time to highlight some of the things to watch as well as give some insight into the opposition.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Louisiana
When: August 9, 2013, 8:00 PM ET
Live Stream: NFL Game Rewind
Chiefs Player to Watch: Sean Smith
Jul 28, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Devon Wylie (19) catches a pass while defended by cornerback Sean Smith (27) during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
The Chiefs have a new cornerback from the Miami Dolphins by the name of Sean Smith who will slide into a starting role across from Brandon Flowers.
Smith has had a spotty track record to date in the NFL, but all of the physical traits are there for him to turn into one of the NFL’s best corners. He’ll have a task ahead of him in helping deal with Marques Colston and a host of others.
Saints Player to Watch: Steve Breaston
Oct 23, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston (15) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
With Joe Morgan out for the season someone is going to have to step up and take his place in the slot. One candidate is rookie Kenny Stills, but the Saints could choose to go with a more experienced option.
New Orleans recently brought Steve Breaston to town in order to provide depth for Marques Colston and Morgan. Now that Morgan is officially out for the year Breaston may have a more realistic shot at making contributions the entire season. Keep a close eye on him against the Chiefs.
Matchup to Watch: Chiefs Pass Rush vs. Saints Offensive Line
Jul 29, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) during a morning training camp practice at the team facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City has a formidable pass rush thanks to Justin Houston and Tamba Hail at the outside linebacker spots. The Saints are currently attempting to figure out what to do at the left tackle position with Jermon Bushrod gone.
So far this offseason Charles Brown has been holding down the No. 1 spot, but we’re all well aware of his spotty injury history. Behind him you have Jason Smith and rookie Terron Armstead. All are going to see ample amounts of playing time for them to compete for the starting job.
It’s a point of interest to watch more than any other, especially with the pass rush the Chiefs are capable of bringing.
Aug 3, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during a scrimmage at the team training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Making a prediction in the preseason is always tough, especially in Week 1. That said, you have to love the depth the Saints have on the offensive side of things, especially at running back. New Orleans should be able to utilize the committee and grind down the Chiefs backups over the course of the game before ultimately pulling away for the win.
Chiefs 10, Saints 14
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