3 New Orleans Saints that will make or break postseason run

TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Cameron Jordan

Despite not having his best season as a professional, Cameron Jordan is still making a massive impact on a gamely basis.

He’s a terrific pass rusher that, even if he’s not getting the sacks, forces double teams, opening up avenues for players like Trey Hendrickson and Marcus Davenport to get in the backfield. In any matchup, a huge Cameron Jordan game can completely change the outcome.

Jordan has a mere 6.5 sacks this season, down from a career-high 15.5 last season. While his missed tackle rate is up and his sacks are down, Jordan will likely set a career-high for quarterback knockdowns.

That said, every game Jordan has had a sack this season, the Saints have won. He’s the lifeline of the team’s defensive front, and in both the passing and rushing game, he’s among the most impactful Saints’ defenders.

If they’re going to slow down a team like Minnesota, Green Bay, or Tampa Bay, it will be because they disrupt some elite-level quarterbacks. It’ll be on Jordan to make that happen.

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