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Posted: Friday, 03 January 2014 7:12PM

Bobby Hebert's Keys to Victory against Eagles



The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert has been breaking down the Saints and Eagles game so much, he’s getting blue in the face! With that said, the man that’s never at a loss for words has allowed me to peek through his game notes to give you what he thinks are four things the Saints have to do in order to win their first playoff game on the road. 

 
  1.  Ball Security:  The Cajun Cannon begins his four keys to a Saints win over the Eagles with protecting the football.  “It’s common sense. The numbers don’t lie. Since the 2006 season, the Saints are a perfect 25-0 when they don’t turn over the football.  I think the Saints are better than the Eagles, but New Orleans cannot afford to turn over the football.”  Bobby says that the Saints don’t necessarily have to win the turnover battle.  Just don’t lose it!
 
  1. Slow “Shady” down:  When I asked Cannon what was more important for the Saints when it comes to stopping the run or running the football, Bobby said “we can’t afford to let LeSean McCoy go off. The Eagles average 160.4 yards rushing per game.  We need to hold them below that average.”  He then pointed out that the Saints have been able to win games this season even without gaining a lot of yards on the ground.  LeSean McCoy is the leading rusher in the NFL and slowing him down, or better yet, stopping him is going to be key for the Saints.
 
  1. Protecting the Franchise:  “We have to protect Drew Brees.  Terron Armstead has his hands full this week.  Trent Cole is licking his chops going against a rookie.  And Cole has the second most sacks in Eagles history, next to the late great Reggie White.  Armstead needs help!”  Bobby said that he expects the Saints to lend Armstead a hand when protecting Drew Brees,  but without Pierre Thomas playing (who Bobby thinks is one of the best pass protecting RB’s in the game today) it will be tougher than usual. 
 
  1. Be what we are!  Only two teams in the NFL have both a top 10 offense and a top 10 defense.  The Cincinnati Bengals have the 3rd best defense and they are ranked 10th in total offense.  New Orleans is ranked 4th in both total offense and total defense.  Bobby thinks the Saints need to play like their numbers show.  “I think if we play like we’ve played we when have won games, we will win.  Now, we can’t go over there and turn the ball over and expect to win; but I think we are better than the Eagles.” 

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