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Andrew Luck vs. Jairus Byrd
Byrd’s ability to cover ground in the deep secondary has been well documented since his time in Buffalo.
Never one to back down from a challenge, Andrew Luck often looks to advance the ball down the field aggressively, and these two could provide some interesting battles in the deep passing game.
In wideout T.Y. Hilton, Luck has the deep threat to strike fear into opposing secondaries, and despite Byrd’s reputation, it’s hard to imagine the Colts quarterback not testing the Saints with at least a couple of deep balls.
This matchup would obviously be much more intriguing if it were carried out over the course of a full game instead of a quarter or two, but the battle should still be worth the watch.
Saints Offensive Line vs. Colts Defensive Line
In its first game at St. Louis, New Orleans’ offensive line repeatedly fired out on the Rams’ defensive front to the tune of 5.1 rushing yards per carry.
The unit came out in similar fashion at home last week against the Titans on the first drive, but the group seemed to take its foot off the gas in the second quarter and was no longer getting a definitive push at the line of scrimmage.
The Saints’ offensive front re-established itself later in the second half, but the intensity the group had displayed against St. Louis and against Tennessee’s starters wasn’t the same.
With starting running back Mark Ingram continuing to finish off runs in a physical manner, look for Terron Armstead and New Orleans’ big uglies to try and take control of the line of scrimmage early on against the likes of Art Jones, Josh Chapman and the formidable Colts’ defensive front.
Saints X-Factor of the Week: Wide Receiver Joseph Morgan
There’s no shortage of competition among the New Orleans wide receivers, but there is a shortage of roster spots. While Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks are all safe, a handful of other Saints wideouts are competing for limited spots on the final roster. These include Joseph Morgan, Nick Toon, Robert Meachem, Andy Tanner, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones.
Morgan separated himself from the group with three catches for 108 yards last week, and another solid performance against the Colts would all but lock up a roster spot for the fourth-year pro.