1. Protect Teddy Bridgewater
Protecting the quarterback is such an obvious thing to include that sometimes I do not like using it as a key for success as it can be generic and not relate to the game at hand. So while protecting Teddy Bridgewater is important in all of these games, it is even more important for the Saints this week.
The Saints are coming up against a defense that, although the overall numbers indicate they are around the middle of the pack, has some serious playmakers. Those playmakers contribute to a defense that has done a good job at getting to the quarterback, ranking sixth in total sacks this season.
The Jaguars’ defense is really at its best when it is getting to the quarterback and we have seen how ugly that can look for the opposing teams. The Jaguars, in particular, Calais Campbell, had a big showing against the Tennessee Titans and Marcus Mariota that led to a very uninspiring offensive performance.
Campbell had three sacks in that game and there are several players on the defensive side of the ball that could have that big of a game if the Saints don’t do their job.
However, when the offensive line is not at its best it can get ugly: just look at the game against the Los Angeles Rams as a perfect example.