Oct 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with quarterback Drew Brees (9) during a time out in the second quarter of a game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints face a stern test this coming Sunday, when they go on the road to Kansas City, to face the 3-2 Chiefs.
If the Saints hope to win, their best chance is to follow the “blueprint” laid out by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Chiefs 43-13 back in Week #4.
After their absolute dominance over the Raiders in Oakland, there’s no doubt that the Kansas City Chiefs are a team to be reckoned with.
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They jumped all the way up to number #11 in the latest NFL power rankings, thanks to a smothering defensive effort that held an explosive Raiders offense to just 13 points.
And they are only getting better, with All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles getting stronger and more confident with each passing week; after coming off of an ACL surgery that ended his season prematurely a year ago.
While the Chiefs appear to be on the rise, they are far from invincible, as evidenced by the trouncing they received at the hands of the Steelers, albeit in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers dominated that contest from start to finish, with Ben Roethlisberger having a sensational day, spreading the ball around and throwing for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell also had a great game, rushing for over 180 yards.
Now while it’s highly unlikely that the Saints will replicate this dominant performance, there are still some things that they can try to replicate strategically which will put them in the best possible chance of “stealing” (no pun intended) a victory.
And I’m not talking football cliches like “win the turnover battle” (although that would absolutely help).
If you’ve got an extra minute or two this evening, come with me as I break down just how the Saints can go into Kansas City and come away with a win that no one (besides loyal Saints fans) expect them to get.
Starting first with this……