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Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson vs Titans Linebackers
Following an impressive performance last week, Mark Ingram will be out to make another statement, this time against the Titans defense. The Saints running back will likely receive another eight to 10 touches, and it will be interesting to see if he’ll be able to continuously grind out yards between the tackles against the likes of Wesley Woodyard and the Tennessee linebacking corps.
While Ingram impressed last game, this week would be an opportune time for Khiry Robinson to turn in a statement-game of his own. The second-year back totaled 40 offensive yards against the Rams, and if he’s to push Ingram and Pierre Thomas for playing time this season, he needs to play well in games such as this one against the Titans.
Titans Offensive Tackles vs Saints Pass-Rushers
Granted, this matchup would be much more intriguing if it took place in the regular season, but it should still be fun to watch.
Tennessee tackles Michael Oher and Michael Roos will have their hands full when taking on Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and outside linebacker Junior Galette, but these showdowns will be short-lived due to the limited number of snaps each starter is likely to receive.
As for the reserves, 2014 New Orleans draft picks Ronald Powell and Khairi Fortt are two young pass-rushers to keep an eye on, and the explosive rookie linebackers could spell trouble for Titans reserve quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger.
Saints X-Factor of the Week: Travaris Cadet
Often the forgotten man in a crowded backfield, Travaris Cadet is hoping to earn a roster spot this season with his contributions in the return game.
He gained just nine yards on eight carries as a running back against the Rams, and the time is ripe for him to tap into his full potential as a kick returner. He returned only one kickoff for 18 yards last week, but it won’t be a shock if he steps up and delivers big on Friday in the special teams department.