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