New Orleans Saints: 3 Players to watch on Sunday

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 20: Latavius Murray #28 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field on October 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 20: Latavius Murray #28 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field on October 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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A.J. Klein, linebacker

In A.J.’s spot, I wanted to put the entire Saints’ defenses, but I settled for one import character inside of the defense. The New Orleans Saints have not allowed a 100-yard running back in 33 straight games. In the past 3-4 weeks, they have held offenses to less than 260 yards per game.

They’ve done so by limiting drives with both an elite secondary and front.

But, we don’t oftentimes talk about the team’s linebacking corp. Klein is a solid linebacker and will be vitally important when it comes to stopping rookie Kyler Murray, who typically forces defenses to mark him with a linebacker.

To win a Super Bowl, a defense has to be stout and right now this defense is looking in Super Bowl shape.

This is a large part due to the production of A.J. Klein. On the season, Klein ranks 3rd on the Saints defense in tackles, and during the last 4-week run, he’s had a combo of tackles 7/6/6/3 respectively.

This could be the game for Klein to break out another 7+ tackle game. If he dominates and controls the front while Bell and Lattimore lock down the secondary, this game could get ugly quick.

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