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Lance Moore has been quiet the last few games.
The production of Saints wide receiver Lance Moore has faded as of late. In his last three games, he only has seven catches for a meager 74 yards. But as Saints fans know full well, key contributors don't usually stay quiet for long in New Orleans' high octane offense.
Last week, Marques Colston returned from the doldrums and had a big day against Carolina. This week, it’s Moore’s turn.
Moore’s subpar stats in the last few games can partly be attributed to going up against larger, more physical press-man cornerbacks. This was particularly noticeable against Seattle. Moore struggled to fight off the aggressive Seahawks corners, who jammed him at the line of scrimmage and rarely yielded a free release.
St. Louis defensive coordinator Tim Walton runs a very Steve Spagnuolo-like zone defense and doesn’t often allow his corners to step up and play bump-and-run coverage.
This type of defense typically brings out the best in Moore, who excels at exploiting holes in zones with his sharp, crisp route running. He also has reliable hands as well as great chemistry with Brees. If the St. Louis defenders struggle to properly cover their zones, as they have all season, Moore could have a field day running short out routes and comebacks.
If these predictions appear a bit one-sided, it’s due to a strong sense of a decisive New Orleans Saints victory in St. Louis on Sunday. There’s too much on the line for Payton's club, and despite their struggles on the road this season, the Saints should get it done in convincing fashion against the Rams.