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Drew Brees looks to lead the Saints to a 4-0 record tonight vs. the Dolphins

Drew Brees looks to lead the Saints to a 4-0 record tonight vs. the Dolphins

Tonight the Miami Dolphins (3-0) head to New Orleans to face the Saints (3-0) in the battle of the unbeatens. Both teams have started the season much better than most would have guessed. The Saints defense has been playing very well and Miami has been playing good football all around. One team will fall from the ranks of the undefeated. Here are some things to look for tonight.

Offensive battles

The Saints offense finally came alive last week against the Cardinals, putting up 31 points in a 31-7 win. Brees was excellent and the offense did well in the redzone, two things that had been questionable the first two weeks. The running game on the other hand wasn’t there until the game was decided in the 4th. Miami comes into this game with the 17th ranked run defense, allowing 108.7 yards per game. The Saints average 85.7 on the ground per game. It will be interesting to see is the Saints challenge that run defense. It is more likely they will just challenge their pass defense which is 20th in the NFL at 263 yards per game. The Saints on paper should be able to move the ball tonight.

The Dolphins

Miami is 3-0, but not overwhelming in any stat category. They have the 18th ranked defense yards wise but are 10th in points given up per game. Their offense is 27th in yards per game but 12th in points scored per game. It seems the Dolphins are a team that won’t flash on the stat sheet, but will put up points while hold back the opposition. Showing that they are playing good football where it counts, on the scoreboard.

The Saints O-Line

Drew Brees has been sacked 10 times in the first 3 games this year. That can be attributed to new LT’s and the loss of OL Coach Andy Kromer to Chicago. Last week All-Pro Guard Jahri Evans missed the first game of his career, and it was noticeable as gave up 3 sacks to Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett. The Saints also couldn’t run the ball up the middle with him. Evans as of right now is questionable for tonight’s game. Which could be important, especially with Miami’s DE Cameron Wake on that injury list as well. He is also listed as questionable. The Sack-Machine will probably be overjoyed to face an Evans-less OL tonight if he himself can play.

The Tight ends

And game with Jimmy Graham in it will have you watching the Tight Ends, but Miami has an intriguing one as well. Charles Clay plays many positions for the Dolphins such as TE, FB, and a combo of the two. He is a good receiving threat and they want to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. Graham is the favorite to steal the show, but don’t sleep on Clay.

Keenan Lewis vs. Mike Wallace

The two have a longtime friendship growing up in New Orleans together and refer to each other as “brothers”. Making this a perfect set up for some brotherly-love competition. Lewis is a good cover corner and Wallace is a burner on the outside. Wallace is much faster than Lewis, so expect him to try a few fly patterns on him to see what he can get from his speed alone.

On the other side they also have WR Brian Hartline. He is a speed threat as well. Jabari Greer should have his hands full as well. The Saints have done a good job of preventing the deep ball so far this season. They will be tested again tonight.

 Conclusion

On paper this should be a win for the Saints. But Miami isn’t 3-0 for no reason. Don’t expect them to just roll over tonight, even in the Superdome.

1709 comments
Rarely Evenn
Rarely Evenn

Props to the Saints. They are looking like themselves again.

Childerz...
Childerz...

@ⒶⓃⒹⓎⓁⒺⓉ➍➍➎ Problem is... they are exempt from the pay cuts... so what carrot on a stick if you will do they have to encourage them to actually work?? Its not like THEY are losing anything in this deal.. 

rajigunderson17
rajigunderson17

I love the smell of a fresh Livefyre shit in the morning. 

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

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God damn...

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

@←sgunderson17→ @Nardolicious This was inevitable.  Things are spiraling out of control in so many ways, and it was going to take a disaster to really spark some change.  But then again it's hard to gauge how much the people really care at this point.  Should be interesting!

rajigunderson17
rajigunderson17

@Nardolicious What would fix this problem is to enforce the death penalty on anyone who doesn't know how to use a roundabout. 

Childerz...
Childerz...

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Childerz...
Childerz...

@Nardolicious How wrong you are sir.... People in my age group are the ones driving change and it slowly taking place... you can see it in the more historically conservative states they've already forced their state senate and congress to do what they require or they strip them of their position faster than you can blink.... Its a growing movement... it will just take a LONG time to get to the Federal level. 

Childerz...
Childerz...

@vanderheap19 the most Egregious group for party affiliation are the ages 60-80 and 40-60 mostly identify strongly with a political party. 

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ages 18-21 are still idiots... but ages 25-40 are starting to open their eyes and realize their kids are fucked if they dont' force change soon. 

504 N.O. EZ
504 N.O. EZ

@Nardolicious how the F does the government run out of money when it prints it and own majority of lumber corporations ?

MIRaji
MIRaji moderator

@niemerg1  

You go to places on the internet most people avoid.

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

So I start fantasy hockey for the first time tonight....this outta be a disaster!