Any way you look at it the New Orleans Saints will be taking on elite receivers in the playoffs.
DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded to Arizona this past offseason, may be Lattimore’s first-round matchup. If it’s not Hopkins, it could be Adam Thielen. If it’s not those two, it could be Mike Evans or Chris Godwin.
How about potentially being faced with Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods in the second round and then Davante Adams in the conference championship. Lattimore is among the best cornerbacks in the NFL, so he’ll be up for the test.
But, it will be far from easy. Statistically, Lattimore isn’t having his best season, potentially setting a career-low in pass deflections. He has one interception and no forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.
However, Lattimore’s is at a career-low 5.6 percent missed tackle rate which could be critically important in the postseason.
If Lattimore can prevent big-time plays, an attribute that will be on full display against Tyreek Hill this Sunday, the Saints should be just fine. If he gets beat even once, it could signal the end of the Saints season.