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Saints vs. Cardinals: Five brave predictions

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Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Mike Hull (45) tackles Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the Arizona Cardinals 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Mike Hull (45) tackles Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the Arizona Cardinals 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The second of my brave predictions: The Saints sell out on the run, yet still allow David Johnson to gain 100+ yards and a pair of touchdowns.

So I said the Cardinals’ offensive line has struggled. As has Carson Palmer. About the one thing keeping this team in games is that “transformer” back, David Johnson.

The Saints will do everything they can to take him out of the game. But, really, how much can they do?

With Dannell Ellerbe finding his niche as a pass rusher, I expect Johnson will see a lot of Nate Stupar or Craig Robertson in coverage. Those players are fine, just fine, I like em, but they’re going to struggle against someone as talented as Johnson.

This is the sort of game Vaccaro would do wonders in. And having Delvin Breaux would allow the safeties to play some sort of contain on the short game to Johnson. But without those things, it’ll be hard to stop the man from getting his.

So sell out all you want Dennis Allen: we’re predicting David Johnson breaks 100+ yards from scrimmage, easily. If he gets to 170 somehow, he’d eclipse 2000+ yards from scrimmage on the year. Not bad, DJ. Not bad.

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