They’ll limit Josh Jacobs
The New Orleans Saints haven’t given up 100-plus yards to a runner in 44 consecutive games. They’re great at stuffing the run. While Jacobs was seven yards short of 100 in the season opener, he found the endzone three times and picked up about 40 more through the air.
They need to lock down Jacobs, and without elite receivers, they should be able to stack the box and make that happen. The team did give Alex Anzalone over 70% of the defensive snaps in Week 1.
Instead of using three linebackers often, they brought in DJ Swearinger, and he received almost 50% of the snaps. That may change in Week 2 as the Raiders and more of a run-heavy team than the Bucs, who have one of the league’s best receiving corps.
The switches that Sean Payton makes will allow the Saints to put a cap on Jacobs. They’ll have Darren Waller to worry about if they stack the box, but they’ll likely take their chance with him against the team’s linebackers and safeties.
Nonetheless, the Saints will take Jacobs out of his comfortable, and that will be a huge reason they thrive in Vegas.