Saints (7-1) at Ben­gals (5-3)

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Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Paul Brown Sta­dium, Cincin­nati

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Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 4

Saints’ keys to vic­tory: QB Drew Brees and the Saints can’t afford to waste time against a hotand-cold Ben­gals offense. RB Alvin Ka­mara got them go­ing in Week 9 against the Los An­ge­les Rams, and Ka­mara should find plenty of run­ning room against a Ben­gals de­fense that is near the top of the league in missed tack­les. A quick lead also would force the Ben­gals into a one-di­men­sional pass­ing at­tack that prob­a­bly will be with­out WR A.J. Green (toe).

Ben­gals’ keys to vic­tory: Wrap up and ex­e­cute. Sounds like coach speak, but de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Teryl Austin’s unit is on pace to al­low the most yardage in NFL his­tory (447.8 yards per game). LB Von­taze Burfict took the com­mu­ni­ca­tions head­set for the first time in a loss to the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers be­fore the Ben­gals’ bye and led the effort to min­i­mize blown as­sign­ments and missed tack­les. Burfict, LB Pre­ston Brown and oth­ers ex­e­cut­ing tack­les in space could be the differ­ence be­tween fun­nel­ing the ball where they want it and get­ting blown out.

Matchup to watch: Saints of­fen­sive line vs. Ben­gals pass rush. The Saints neu­tral­ized the Rams’ strong pass rush in Week 9 and now look at an­other one, led by DE Car­los Dun­lap and DT Geno Atkins. But the Ben­gals lost their most efficient pass rusher, DE Carl Law­son, to a sea­son-end­ing in­jury last time out. If Cincin­nati can over­come this, it can ruin Brees’ tim­ing.

Who wins? Un­like past sea­sons, the Saints have looked great on the road this year. The trend won’t change.

Saints, 36-24 Saints

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