CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns will travel to New Orleans for their first road on the season. The Saints are coming off a disappointing defeat from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They lost in a barn burner by the final score of 48-40. The Browns are coming off a tie against the Steelers. They tied at 21. If the Browns win on Sunday it would be their first win since Christmas Eve of 2016.
Here are three things to know about the New Orleans Saints:
1. Drew Brees: Brees is a future hall of famer. Last Sunday, Brees threw for 439 yards. He had three touchdowns and a rating of 129.5. Brees completed 37 of his 45 passing attempts. Even at age 39, Drew Brees can still sling it and torcher NFL defenses. Both RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas were a big part of Brees success that day. For the Browns, those are the two players they will need to focus in on to slow down Drew Brees.
2. Running game: Without Mark Ingram, the running game for the Saints struggled. They ran the ball 13 times last Sunday and only got 43 yards. But they had two touchdown runs from Kamara. If the Saints can establish the running game on Sunday, the Browns could be in for a long day.
3. Sean Payton: Payton is 105-72 in his NFL head coaching career. To compare, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is 9-39-1. From a coaching standpoint alone, the Saints will have the advantage. In the past, Payton has tried to outsmart himself in crucial situations. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If it is a close game, Payton previous experiences should give him the edge over Hue Jackson and the Browns.
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. on FOX. The Saints are -9.5 favorite.