Saints’ Mark In­gram re­turns vs. Wash­ing­ton,


Mon­day, 8:15 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome, New Or­leans


Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Saints by 7 Red­skins’ keys to vic­tory: Wash­ing­ton must bully the Saints’ de­fen­sive backs. Who­ever matches up against Saints CB Ken Craw­ley is in for a treat; even No. 2 re­ceivers, such as the New York Gi­ants’ Ster­ling Shep­ard and Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers’ Chris God­win, have caught 25 of 27 tar­gets in Craw­ley’s cov­er­age so far. But the Saints’ de­fense has not al­lowed a 100-yard rusher since RB Sa­maje

Per­ine put up 117 yards on 23 at­tempts in Wash­ing­ton’s visit to New Or­leans last No­vem­ber. How will RB Adrian Peter­son do? Saints’ keys to vic­tory: The Saints must get RB Mark In­gram up to speed. RB Alvin Ka­mara has stepped up in In­gram’s ab­sence, but they’re bet­ter to­gether. Ka­mara has touched the ball 55 times the last two weeks, so the more In­gram can take on to keep Ka­mara fresh, the bet­ter. But all eyes will be on QB

Drew Brees, who needs just 201 pass­ing yards to break Pey­ton Man­ning’s all-time record. Matchup to watch: Saints RBs. vs. Wash­ing­ton de­fense. Wash­ing­ton is al­low­ing 90.1 rush­ing yards per game, and the Saints fi­nally have all five of­fen­sive line­men and both Pro Bowl run­ning backs to­gether.

Who wins? The Saints turned a cor­ner against the New York Gi­ants, play­ing com­ple­men­tary foot­ball on of­fense and de­fense with some nice spe­cial teams work thrown in. They get a huge re­in­force­ment in In­gram and just have to han­dle their busi­ness go­ing into the bye week. There’s too much for New Or­leans to buy into with an­other Brees record on the line. Saints, 30-20

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