The New Orleans Saints host the Washington Redskins in a prime time game Monday night in the Superdome. The game between these two teams should promise to be filled with excitement also providing an electrical environment as Drew Brees attempts to take Payton Manning’s record for all time leader in passing yards. If this game is anything like the last few times these teams have met it will certainly go down to the wire and offer plenty of Sportscenter highlight worthy plays. In an unpredictable game where anything can happen on any given Sunday, I would like to offer some predictions for the game.
1. Mark Ingram will have 100 total yards.
After a 4 game suspension Mark Ingram makes his season debut bringing some consistency to backfield in need of it. Aside from All-World running back Alvin Kamara it’s been an inconsistent carousel of players filling the backfield. Ingram played at a pro bowl level last year and he’s playing in his contracts final year, leaving no reason why he should not be able to put up similar numbers. Ingram will have his work cut out for him going against the Redskins 3rd rank defense, but on a night that could be magical and adding an overwhelming Saints offense, Ingram should pick up right where he left off.
2. The Saints defense will show up again this week.
Last week the Saints defense we were all expecting finally showed up against the Giants and held the team to under 300 yards of total offense. The defensive unit has struggled mostly with giving up the big play, but last week they seemed to have found the solution to prevent that with constant pressure on Eli Manning and now allowing time for plays to develop. If the Saints can shut the run down early and keep the pass rush going against a Redskins offense that doesn’t particularly have many solid options will turn into a long night for the visitors.
3. Taysom continues to be involved in new ways.
Taysom Hill is everything and more what Lamar Jackson was supposed to be this year. It seems every week Coach Payton keeps finding new ways to utilize Hill, and play him at a new position. There is no doubt about how high the team is on him, showing they are not afraid to trust him in crucial situations when in need a big play. It’s interesting to think how big of a role he plays on the team, when he doesn’t really have any particular role. Hill may not be the apparent heir to Brees, but he has no doubt shown that he is a rising star.
4. Tre’Quan Smith will have a big game.
This game will be the coming out party for Smith, showing off the skills we got a glimpse of the pre season. With Ted Ginn Jr. not available for this game being sidelined with an injury that should create opportunities for Smith to see playing time. The Saints really need someone to step up on the other side of Michael Thomas and contribute Cam Meredith was signed in the off season to play that role, but has started off slowly coming back from a year long injury. Coach Payton has already admitted to getting Smith more involved and on a night Brees is eyeing that record it will be no surprise to see the offense air it out. How nice would it be to see the Saints take advantage of a skilled rookie paired along side an elite receiver n the same way the Falcons got Calvin Ridley involved.
5. The Saints will not need a miracle to win.
History has shown that these two teams have not matched up well with the record favoring the Redskins and the Saints usually needing a miracle when they have won. Last year it took a 17 point comeback in the final 3 minutes for the Saints to win it in overtime. When the Saints do beat the Redskins in those magical ways with Meechem’s miracle and Brees’s comeback the season has turned into a magical one. The Saints should carry some of the momentum over from their last victory and play another all around complete game. The atmosphere in the game could rival that of the night the Superdome reopened after hurricane Katrina, with the excitement of Brees’s milestone. If the enviorment is anywhere near close to that other night watch out, because the 85 Bears wouldn’t stand a chance. The Redskins are a sneaky good defense coming off of a bye week, but in the end the Saints will be victorious. Who-Dat!!!