Monday, November 08, 2004

Key Issues


The defense must improve if the Saints hope to contend. The inability to stop the run has had a domino effect. It sets up the play-action passing game, where the Saints have been vulnerable to big plays, and keeps the defense off-balance. If the Saints slow down opposing running attacks, they should be able to control passing games. That's because CBs Mike McKenzie and Fakhir Brown are solid and the pass rush, led by LE Charles Grant, has been consistent. The offense has enough weapons to score in the mid-to-upper 20s each week if RB Deuce McAllister returns to his pre-injury form down the stretch, and the special teams are strong.

The Saints have enough ability to climb back into the playoff hunt. They're the most talented team in the NFC South, and five of their final six games are against division rivals.

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