Saints Should Not Be Favored Against San Francisco

Andy BenschSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2008

While watching NFL Live this afternoon, I heard both Darren Woodson and Mark Schlereth pick the Saints (1-2) to beat the 49ers (2-1) in this week's matchup in New Orleans.

Both of these men are wrong. 

I see no reason why the 49ers should not be favored to win this game.

Marques Colston is still out, Jeremy Shockey is out, and Deuce "Bigalow European Gigolo" McAllister isn't 100% healthy.

Yes, the Saints still have Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, and company, but I don't see them winning this game.

The 49ers put up 33 points at Seattle a couple of weeks ago in arguably one of the hardest buildings for a visiting team to play in.

The Seattle Seahawks have a pretty solid defense.

The Saints, on the other hand—well, not so much.

I for one, cannot name a single player on their defense.

The 49ers, with J.T. O'Sullivan at the helm, along with weapons such as Frank Gore, Issac Bruce, Vernon Davis, and rookie wide-out Josh Morgan will put up huge numbers against the Saints defense.

I do agree with Mark Schlereth that the Saints offense will put up a good amount of points against the 49ers defense, which is still young at the linebacker position and noted for a weak pass rush over the last few seasons.

However, the 49ers have household names on their defense—shut-down cornerback Nate Clements and last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year Patrick Willis.

Both teams have talent on offense, but the 49ers clearly have the better defense.

Their veteran secondary, which along with Clements boasts veteran Pro Bowl cornerback Walt Harris, shut Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams down last week.

Johnson and Williams are arguably two of the top-10 wide receivers in all of professional football.

Now, why the 49ers secondary will not be able to slow down the depleted Saints passing game is beyond me. 

No doubt this game will be an offenive show, but it will come down to which defense comes up with the most turnovers, and the 49ers have some big-time playmakers on that side of the ball.   


Andy Bensch

Bellarmine College Prep 09'