Saints vs. Titans: 5 Things to Watch for on Sunday

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Saints vs. Titans: 5 Things to Watch for on Sunday
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The New Orleans Saints are currently 9-3 and ready to make a run towards the playoffs. They need to keep winning so that they can close the gap between themselves and the San Francisco 49ers and hopefully claim the second seed in the NFC before the postseason gets started.

This week's game is the first Saints game since Week 10 that will not be nationally televised. We know how good the Saints can be when everyone is watching, but I look for them to prove this week that they do not need a national audience to play well.

This game against the Titans is one that the Saints are notorious for overlooking. It happened in Week 8 when the Saints went to St. Louis and got manhandled by a winless Rams team. They also started slow in a Week 6 visit to Tampa Bay and never caught up against the Buccaneers

This is also the first, and only, cold weather game of the Saints' 2011 regular season. This team is known for struggling in cold weather situations, but that will not happen this week.

The Saints know that people are watching to see if they can win against a Tennessee Titans team that they are supposed to beat easily. I expect nothing less from the Saints. As I have already stated, I believe the Saints will win this week's game against the Titans. 

There are many key matchups this week, but let's look at five that could determine the outcome of the game.

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