The first two weeks the Saints faced an offense led by a dual threat quaterback capable of beating a team with their arm as well as their legs. And that is just what they did. RGIII and Cam Newton torched the Saints porous defense and outscored the Saints own explosive offense. Next up they won’t face as big of a challenge. The Chiefs come into New Orleans with an a rare thing now a days. An offense led by a rushing attack, rather than a pass first scheme.
Matt Cassell doesn’t possess the skill set to be an elite quarterback in this league. Nor does he have the weapons to truly dominate through the air. Dwayne Bowe is a very good receiver, but after that it becomes pretty bare. Baldwin is a solid secondary option and Dexter McCluster allows from some home run chances as well, but New Orleans shouldn’t see the aerial attack they saw the first two games.
The running game will be a challenge though. Jamaal Charles, when 100% healthy is one of the best backs in the league. I’m not quite sure where he stands from his ACL surgery last year, but he isn’t being used a feature back yet this year. Now, that was to be expected with the addition of Peyton Hillis to the offense. Charles has never been a workhorse, despite his elite skill set. If Charles does get more touches next game, he should be the main focus for the defense. Hillis can also be a challenging back to stop, so the whole running game needs to be highlighted by the defense.
The Chiefs defense has struggled with injuries, which has translated to their performance on the field. Brandon Flowers is back and should be more polished after playing last week. That will be big because Flowers is an underrated corner that has shutdown capabilities. Then there is Tamba Hali who is one of the best pass rushers in the league. Still, the New Orleans offense has enough talent to overwhelm Kansas City, and that is just what they will need to do to win this game.