The New Orleans Saints will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, and it will be a good test for both teams. The Saints have one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL and the Cardinals’ defense is no slouch either. One matchup that will be interesting to watch is Drew Brees vs. Tryann Mathieu, also known as the Honey Badger.
So far Mathieu has been playing good football for the Cardinals and is looking to be the steal of the 2013 draft. Through two games, Mathieu has 13 tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass defended. So far Mathieu has faced off against quarterback Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford, but Brees is on another level than those two quarterbacks.
Brees is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and Mathieu and the Cardinals’ secondary will have their work cut out for them. Brees has many weapons to throw the ball to and unless Mathieu and the secondary can slow Brees down, then the Saints should light up the scoreboard.
This will no doubt be an emotional game for Mathieu as he returns to his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, and you can bet he will give everything he’s got against the Saints. However, while New Orleans may be Mathieu’s hometown, there is no doubt who runs the city: Brees and the Saints.
Mathieu is a good player, but he is only a rookie and Brees has the poise and experience to make the Honey Badger a non-factor. As a free safety, Mathieu will likely be helping in coverage against Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham. We will see how the game unfolds, but I have a feeling that Brees will get the better of Mathieu and the Cardinals’ secondary in this Week 3 matchup.