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Miami Dolphins (3-0) @ New Orleans Saints (3-0)
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OTHER VITAL INFORMATION
When: Monday, September 30, 7:30 p.m. CDT
What Channel: ESPN
Keys To The Game for the Saints:
- Cameron Jordan: Jordan has been the biggest individual benefactor of the Saints’ switch to the 3-4 defense. He has recorded three sacks in the last 2 games. On a defense that finished dead last in the dead last in the NFL in yards surrendered but have seemingly turned things around, Cameron has been the driving force. The Saints are currently 4th in the league in fewest yards. Jordan is a huge part of that success. If he can disrupt the Dolphin offense with a stiff pass rush, the Saints have a great chance to go 4-0.
- Contain Brian Hartline: The Dolphins top receiver, Brian Hartline, is the Dolphins top receiver with 18 grabs in the first three games. If the Saints’ corners can cover and contain Hartline, they will force Ryan Tannehill to get out of his comfort zone and to look elsewhere for a target. Hartline is the biggest threat the Dolphins have; eliminate him from the offense, and Miami should struggle.
- Pierre Thomas: It looks as if Mark Ingram may miss this game with his toe injury, so Thomas will again most likely carry the load on the ground. Thomas has been the Saints most productive running back thus far, but he is only averaging 33 yards a game. He needs to up his effectiveness to loosen up the Dolphins defense, and create more room for the Saints’ receiving corps. If Thomas and the Saints can improve their ground presence, they will be very, very difficult to stop.