Five Reasons the Saints will Beat the Redskins This Weekend
The New Orleans Saints are as hot as a pistol right now, the hottest team in the entire NFL to be sure. This week they're set to face a very banged up Washington Redskins team who's currently 4-5 this year.
This week I'll be providing you with the positive vibes on the side of the Saints and why they will continue to ride the victory wave and make it eight in a row. If you're looking for what might go wrong this week, take a look at Steve Peloquin's article as he's tasked with coming up with five reasons New Orleans will fall to Washington.
Let's get down to the positive spin.
1) Redskins Injuries
As recently as Thursday the Washington Redskins had 21 players listed on their weekly injury report and also tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out. Some players were full participants while many key players were not. The Redskins will not be at full strength on Sunday while the Saints list only five players on their injury report and are as close to fully healthy as you can be at this time of the year. This is a big advantage to the Saints as a whole and will help them in winning their eighth straight game.
2) Drew Brees Tortures Skins Secondary
The Washington Redskins allowed 302 yards to go along with four passing touchdowns to CASE KEENUM at home last week. Yes, Case Keenum did that to this secondary, can you just imagine how much Brees must be chomping at the bit? The Saints recorded a franchise record six rushing touchdowns last week, I bet Brees gets back into the throwing rhythm and the Saints roll with the passing game to defeat Washington.
3) Suffocating Defense
This Saints team has found itself with two shut down corner backs in rookie Marshon Lattimore and second year pro, Ken Crawley. The Washington Redskins don't have any prolific wide receivers, this is going to make finding room to throw for quarterback Kirk Cousins very tough to come by. The wide-outs will have trouble getting separation from these defenders in the secondary and it'll force Cousins to make some throws he really doesn't want to make. That will lead to missed throws and eventually turnovers. If the Saints win this game they'll be at least +2 in the turnover department this weekend.
4) Pressure Breaks Pipes for Kirk Cousins
The Saints under new defensive coordinator Dennis Allen enjoy bringing pressure and making the opposing quarterback uncomfortable and he certainly has the pieces to do that. With Cam Jordan leading the way with seven sacks on one side and newcomer Alex Okafor on the other with four and a half sacks, this could be a real problem for Cousins. Here's something to ponder, according to ProFootballFocus Cousins is ranked the 20th best QB when it comes to passer rating against pressure. If the Saints win this game they'll get at least four sacks and a bunch of QB hits.
5) Alvin Kamara Continues Running Ways
This kid Alvin Kamara has been a revelation for the Saints and we're really beginning to see why Head Coach Sean Payton has such a man-crush on him. When I say man-crush I mean he's so talented that Payton can deploy him in so many different ways that can really disrupt a defense. It'll be interesting to see how the Redskins defense handles him and it could be the main responsibility of safety D.J. Swearinger to try to contain him. If the Saints want to be successful Kamara will dominate that match-up. According to ProFootballFocus he's graded out as the fourth ranked running back IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. That's pretty darn good for a rookie, keep going young fella.