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Saints vs. Rams: Five brave predictions

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher argues a call during a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher argues a call during a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) in the second half during the NFL game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) in the second half during the NFL game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

Aaron Donald has three TFLs

As underwhelming as this brave prediction seems, Donald only has 9 TFLs on the season, to go with 5 sacks. He’s a disruptive force, but as a DT that doesn’t always translate into consistent stats.

But I expect the Saints to take a big lead in the contest. That means they’ll be running the ball. And Sean Payton has never been one to run plays to the edge. He prefers deliberate backs, who run behind guard or tackle. Aaron Donald will have plenty of opportunties to blow plays up.

Yes, the Saints have a top-tier center in Max Unger. And yes, if Terron Armstead can suit up, they’ll get to move Peat back over to LG. But as well as Peat’s been playing, he tends to have at least one mental mistake a game. And Jahri Evans has been slowing as the season progresses.

So the last of my brave predictions: Aaron Donald, three tackles for losses.

Brave prediction honorary mention: Delvin Breaux doesn’t allow a reception. Only reason this isn’t up is that I predicted it earlier in the year, to disappointing results. But I doubt the rookie QB even looks his way very often.

Next: Saints fantasy outlook vs. Rams

Brave Predictions Final Score: Saints 30, Rams 14

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