The New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens meet up on Monday Night Football with the intention of getting an important win to move closer to the playoffs. New Orleans is only 4-6 but remains very much alive thanks to the weak NFC South, which could likely be won with eight wins. Baltimore has the opposite problem. Sitting at 6-4, the Ravens are in the AFC North, a division with four winning records.
The Saints have been a high-powered team with an incredible home-field advantage over the years, but 2014 has not brought the usual mojo. New Orleans is finishing up a three-game homestand Monday and is trying to avoid an unthinkable 0-3 record during that stretch after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers. Drew Brees has had a subpar season by his standards, throwing for a robust 3,071 yards but only 19 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Only Blake Bortles, Jay Cutler and Eli Manning have been picked off more.
Baltimore comes in with a fairly balanced offense and a stout run defense. The Ravens have seen a boon in their aerial attack after signing Steve Smith in the offseason, Smith, released by the Carolina Panthers at age 35, has 49 catches for 728 yards and four touchdowns. The rushing game has been surprisingly bolstered by journeyman Justin Forsett and his 5.2 yards per carry, amassing 721 yards and five scores. A win against the Saints would be Baltimore's sixth consecutive victory against an NFC team. On defense, a man to watch for is Terrell Suggs. Suggs has 5.0 sacks this season and needs a half-sack more to become the first Ravens player to reach 100 with the team.
How to Watch
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans.
When: 8:25 p.m. ET
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
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To keep up on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles.