New Orleans has played over the total in each of its last six games, thanks in part to Drew Brees' continued excellence (867 yards, six TDs, zero INTs) and in part to the Saints' continued struggles on defense (26 points allowed per game). What resulted was the Dolphins not playing a home game in the month of September and thus spending two weeks in Los Angeles before playing the Chargers (a win), a quick trip to NY to play the Jets (a loss) and now a quick trip to London to play the Saints (TBD).
While Brees hasn't been picked off so far this season, Peterson hasn't reached the 100-yard mark in any of his first three games with the Saints. For the players, perhaps the biggest challenge of playing in London is adjusting to the time change, with England being five hours ahead of the Eastern time zone.
New Orleans finally put a touchdown drive together, starting the third quarter with an 11-play, 77-yard march that took almost six minutes. He's averaging 100.8 yards rushing per game in last four.
Their last game was on September, 30, 2013, nearly four years to the day of Sunday's game. Ajayi has been battling some knee problems, after compiling 122 yards in the season opening win.
I expect the Dolphins to get their running game back on track.
Heading into the fourth week, this is normally the time for teams to settle into a routine.
New Orleans also moved linebacker Ben Heeney from the practice squad to the active roster, while placing defensive tackle David Parry on injured reserve after he was hurt in Carolina. The three-man rotation of Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara hasn't set the National Football League on fire. At the same time I'm not going to let that distract me from my goal, which is to win the game.
Wright, Pimble and Cummings have been to several Saints games in New Orleans.
In explaining their decision, owner Tom Benson had said: "One of the things I am most proud of is my military service".
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Professional football is a hard thing to predict and we could get some pretty unpredictable football for breakfast on Sunday with a second-straight matchup in London for Week 4. I feel like I haven't come through for them yet, to where they get a lead and they can really go to work. Jay Ajayi rushed for just 46 yards on 12 carries while Jay Cutler finished the game with a meager 164 yards, accompanied by one interception. Kenny Stills is a deep-threat specialist, averaging over 17 yards a reception and bringing in nine touchdowns last season.
The Dolphins only arrived in London on Friday morning, unlike the Saints (1-2) who have spent the whole week in Britain as a way of getting adjusted to the time difference.