The New Orleans Saints are playing the Arizona Cardinals in the Mercedes Super Dome. The New Orleans Saints are trying to go 3 – 0. This article “New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview” takes a look at this match up. There are additional links below to look the match up between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals.
The New Orleans Saints are off to a much better start than last season. The offense is not having to carry the entire load because the defense is much improved. This week the New Orleans Saints are taking on the Arizona Cardinals in an inter-conference match in the Mercedes Superdome. This is the 27th time these teams have met with Arizona holding a 14 – 12 edge. The New Orleans Saints are coming off a last second win against the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Arizona Cardinals got their first win of the season against the Detroit Lions.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – New Orleans Saints Offense
The 2013 version of the New Orleans Saints looks a little different statistically than some of the past versions. The New Orleans Saints are ranked 9th offensively in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints offense is 19.5 points per game. That is what they used to average almost every half. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know something is not working. The wheels on the running game are the problem. The 2013 New Orleans Saints are averaging a paltry 76.5 yards per game at this point in the young season. Short yardage is an area the the New Orleans Saints are lacking. Mark Ingram has to step up and put his head down and move the pile. The offensive line has to also do a much better job in run blocking. When after two games you are 1 – 7 in the red zone then you have some problems. Drew Brees has been able to save the day because he spreads the ball around and his receivers respond. The problem is if you become too one dimensional teams will find a way to shut you down.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Arizona Cardinals Defense
The Arizona Cardinals are a defensive that is full of talent, including Cornerback Patrick Peterson, Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Linebacker Kevin Minter all former LSU standouts. Linebacker Daryl Washington is still suspended and will be missed since he was the team sack leader in 2012. The Arizona Cardinals are ranked 21st against the pass and 2nd against the rush. This means the New Orleans Saints are going to be tempted to continue to do what they have done best so far this season. pass! Still even though Brees and Payton are going to have to account for the opportunistic Arizona Cardinals the Arizona Cardinals are going to have a hard time accounting for all of the New Orleans Saints receivers mainly Tight End Jimmy Graham.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – New Orleans Saints Defense
I’m sure if you would have told most people prior to the beginning of the 2013 season that the New Orleans Saints defense would be ranked 11th and that they would have to save the skin of the New Orleans Saints offense in the first two game you would have gotten a “Are you CRAZY” look. Still that has been the case.
This year under Rob Ryan the New Orleans Saints have given up the 6th fewest points (31) and are ranked 11th in yards (610) this season. The New Orleans Saints have also produced 4 sacks and 4 turnovers a huge improvement over last year.
The New Orleans Saints defense has overcome turnovers at key times by the New Orleans Saints offense. The New Orleans Saints defense is playing with much more passion and is getting turnovers and sacks without having to rely on the blitz. Still the New Orleans Saints defense could have their hands full with the pass and catch duo of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald if Fitzgerald is able to play at 100% in Sunday’s contest.
Cameron Jordan has stepped his game up and has become a dominant force on the D line.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Arizona Cardinals Offense
With the addition of Carson Palmer to pair with Larry Fitzgerald the Arizona Cardinals hoped to improve their offense. The Arizona Cardinals are currently ranked a respectable 13th on offense. Larry Fitzgerald leads the NFL in TDs since 2006. Add the sometimes wrinkle of using Patrick Peterson on offense and you have an offense that can be a hand full for any defense.
Rashard Mendenhall may start but is listed as questionable with a toe injury. It is likely that the New Orleans Saints will see a big dose of Andre Ellington.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Special Teams
The New Orleans Saints have excellent special teams groups. Garret Hartley won the game for the New Orleans Saints and has been solid all year. Thomas Morstead has been dominant all year long and has helped save the offense when it has performed poorly and allow the defense to start with an advantage when they have to come on the field.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Injury Report
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Jahri Evans G Questionable, Roman Harper S Out, Curtis Lofton LB Probable, Glenn Foster DE Questionable, Isa Abdul-Quddus S Out, Junior Galette LB Probable, Zach Strief T Probable, Brodrick Bunkley DT Questionable, Marques Colston WR Probable, Mark Ingram RB Questionable, Martez Wilson LB Probable, Tom Johnson DE Questionable, Akiem Hicks DE Probable, Jabari Greer CB Probable, Tyrunn Walker DT Questionable
Lorenzo Alexander LB Probable, Larry Fitzgerald WR Questionable, Ronald Talley DE Probable, Rob Housler TE Probable, Rashard Mendenhall RB Questionable, Kevin Minter LB Out
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Outlook
The New Orleans Saints defense is heading in the right direction for a good if not great season. While the Arizona Cardinals offense has looked good at times it is not great. With Larry Fitzgerald not at 100% that lowers their chances.
The New Orleans Saints offense needs to get back to being able to score points in the red zone and today should be the day. The New Orleans Saints should move to 3 – 0 with a New Orleans Saints 31 Arizona Cardinals 21 win