The New Orleans Saints have been good as gold when it comes to prime time games during the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era. According to the Saints’ website the team has gone 11-2 in Monday Night Football games and 6-1 in Sunday Night Football games during Payton and Brees’ tenure in New Orleans.
Hopefully the Saints will be able to continue that trend tonight in their match up against the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys, who currently have a 5-4 record and have been playing relatively well this season. New Orleans will have a tough task ahead of them, however, as injuries might be an issue on the defensive side of things.
Two inside linebackers, David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton, did not participate in Friday’s practice. Hawthorne, who leads the team in tackles with 47, is suffering from a toe injury while Lofton has a hamstring issue. Both are questionable for tonight’s game.
Also questionable for Sunday’s game is defensive end Cameron Jordan with an ankle injury. Jordan leads the Saints with six sacks and has tallied 15 solo tackles and two fumbles. Jordan has been having a breakout year in his third year in the league, and his absence would be a great loss.
Whether these players play or not fans should have faith in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan knows his players and what they can do, and he should be able to use the personnel available to him to the best of their ability. Other players like Junior Galette and rookie Kenny Vaccaro will also have to step up and play their best.
Have no fear, Saints fans. Payton, Ryan and Brees will help the team weather this storm.