The New Orleans Saints are 3 – 0 after the injury of Drew Brees. There aren’t too many “experts” who thought that would be the case after Brees went down against the Rams. Let’s take a look at the next match up against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville.
NFC South Leading Saints Take On The Jags
The New Orleans Saints travel from “The Bayou State” to “The Sunshine State” to take on the Jaguars in TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday Oct 13thduring the early afternoon game. The Saints are riding a 3-game winning streak since Drew Brees with down against the Los Angeles Rams. Brees isn’t expected to return until November. The New Orleans Saints also were not expected to be leading the NFC South Division with a record of 4 – 1.
Teddy Bridgewater has done all that has been asked of him to this point against Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Cowboys and division rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Alvin Kamara has helped take the pressure off Bridgewater on the ground and in the air. Having Michael Thomas as his 1 target also give Bridgewater comfort. The offense for the Saints is improving each week as Bridgewater becomes more comfortable. Kamara will dominate the Jags defense much like Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers did last Sunday. This will give Payton luxury of allowing Bridgewater to open up the offense. The defense has done just enough each week even though that have faced teams that had produced loads of points against other teams.
On the other side of the ledger the Jaguars are 2 – 3 on the season after their loss last Sunday to the Carolina Panthers. Much like the Saints, the Jaguars have had to adjust at the QB position. Nick Foles broke his left clavicle and went on IR. This meant that rookie Gardner Minshew was pressed into service which wasn’t the plan at the beginning of the season. The Saints defense will test Gardner Minshew by focusing on shutting down Leonard Fournette and forcing Minshew to throw the ball. The Jaguars have struggled on defense and things won’t get any easier against the New Orleans Saints. Bridgewater is becoming more comfortable in his role and the playbook is opening up to him.
Even though they are underdogs according to the expert, I believe that the Saints will win this game easily. I predict Saints 38 Jags 21.