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Saints vs Dolphins : Game Breakdown

Big game for the Saints this Monday night. The Dolphins come to town with a vastly improved team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Two of their 3 wins have come against teams that were in the playoffs last year. The Saints are looking for their first 4-0 start since 2009 and we know what happened that year.
As a fan I can say things like that, but Coach Payton has the Saints thinking about one game at a time, and that’s the way it should be.
The Saints offense, showing that they can get it done.

The Saints offense, showing that they can get it done.

When Miami has the ball:
The Saints are off to a good start, in no small part to the defense that was deservedly maligned after the disaster that was 2012. This year they have done a complete turn around to this point in the season. They’ve had three excellent games capped off with the total dominance of Arizona last week. In that game they surrendered an opening game 80 yard drive then held Arizona to consecutive punts and two interceptions for the rest of the game.
The Saints defense is currently ranked 4th in total defense and have been particularly strong against the run and also in putting pressure on QB with just the front line. Couple that with heady play in the defensive backfield and it’s pretty easy to see why the defense has produced big time results this far in the year.
When New Orleans has the ball:
On Offense the Saints are ranked #1 after 3 weeks in time of possession, they’ve done it to this point with primarily using a short yardage passing game in the place of a running game. The coaching staff and Brees have been exceptional in making mid game adjustments to the different defenses that the opposing teams have come up with.
Graham is having an eye catching season and that is saying quite a bit when you consider the results he’s produced in each of the two previous seasons. In Darren Sproles, the Saints have a legitimate all around threat that has to be watched whenever he is on the field and of course you have the exceptional group of receivers led by Marcus Colston that just keeps coming up with big plays when needed.
In what has become a recurring theme, the only weakness that the Saints appear to have on offense has been their running game. Is the question the running backs, the offensive line or the scheme? The most amazing stat I’ve seen so far in this season league wide is that the Saints are leading the league in time of possession……that’s with the running game as it now stands.
At the end of the game:
Everything considered, with the high level of play coming from both sides of the ball it is no wonder that the Saints are 3-o at this point of the season. Miami has proved itself, at least to this point that they are team on the rise and that are not to be taken lightly. But even with that said, I don’t see them beating the Saints in the Dome on monday night.
PS. The Saints are 9-2 on Monday Night Football during the time Sean Payton has been the coach….
Bill Stephens|Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab

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