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New Orleans Saints V. Jacksonville Jaguars Week 4 Preview: 5 Matchups to Watch

September 30th, 2011 at 12:27 AM
By Michael Hall

We all know the routine by now. Here are the Five Matchups to notice as you watch the New Orleans Saints play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field.

5. Jaguars Linebacking corps v. TE Jimmy Graham

For the past two weeks, the tight ends have been a thorn in the side of an otherwise solid defense. Jimmy Graham should not be running catching the ball with daylight in front of him.

4. RB Maurice Jones-Drew v. Saints Linebackers

The New Oreans Saints are very similar to the Indianapolis Colts. Therefore, the Jacksonville Jaguars must do everything in their power to keep Drew Brees off of the field with long sustained drives that end in touchdowns.

3. CB Rashean Mathis v. WR Marques Colston

Normally this would be the second mosty important, but I don't expect Colston to have a monster game. With that said, Brees will be calling Colston's number early and Mathis must keep him locked down for the next guy. 

2. CB Derek Cox v. WR Devery Henderson

Derek Cox has the largest load on his hands as far as the secondary is concerned. With Colston limping back from a collarbone injury, Brees will likely target Henderson. Cox has quietly had some solid games, but he needs to be on his A-game on Sunday or this game will be long.

1. DE Jeremy Mincey v. LT Jermon Bushrod

Matt Roth's recovery from his neck injury is up in the air. Therefore, the biggest matchup on Sunday will be Jeremy Mincey and Jermon Bushrod. Pressure will be essential if the Jaguars want to keep Saints offense from scoring 30+ points. After a couple of bad losses, this franchise needs a statement game and with a rookie QB going against a high profile opponent, this will be a perfect time to have the season make a complete 180 degree turn, just like a certain Week 4 game from last year (But there will be more on that later). 

Tags: Derek Cox, Drew Brees, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Jeremy Mincey, Maurice-Jones Drew, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Rashean Mathis

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