The New Orleans Saints are preparing for their first NFL season without Drew Brees on the roster since 2006. His absence has created a quarterback battle in training camp, as there was no clear “heir apparent” established. Head coach Sean Payton has said that the preseason games will be used to determine the Week 1 starter. The quarterback competition begins on Saturday against the defense of the Baltimore Ravens.
For Baltimore, Lamar Jackson won’t be taking the field, giving Trace McSorely plenty of time to prepare for his backup role once again this season. To stay climb back atop the AFC North, the Ravens were active this offseason, addressing their shortcomings on offense and defense. Now it’s time to get all of the new pieces integrated during the preseason.
New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL game:
- What: New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens
- When: Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland
- TV Channel: NFL Network
- Live Stream: Gamepass.TV
New Orleans Saints vs Baltimore Ravens Preseason preview
Saints Offensive Makeover
The quarterback battle is a major focus of the preseason, but so is the state of the rest of the offense that will be tasked with supporting the victor.
Brees was not a mobile quarterback in the way that Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston are, more so Hill than Winston. This change is going to impact the way that the offensive line has to block, as the quarterback may take off at any given moment. They’ll need the time to prepare, as will the targets the quarterbacks will be looking for.
Michael Thomas is going to miss the start of the season, which is a big blow to the offense as he recovers from controversial ankle surgery. This means that it will be even more important for guys like Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, Tre’Quan Smith, and Marquez Callaway to replace the all-pro.
Plugging in New Pieces
As the Cleveland Browns come up in the division and the Pittsburgh Steelers refuse to drop off, the Ravens knew they needed to make moves during the offseason. Plagued by drops and improved defenses in the AFC North, Baltimore made it a point to remake the offensive line and pick up more receivers, in addition to replacing veterans who left the defense.
The Ravens’ strength is running the ball, led by quarterback Lamar Jackson and running backs Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins. To bolster this approach, Kevin Zeitler was brought in from the New York Giants and Alejandro Villanueva was taken from the Steelers.
Shoring up the line will help the offense two-fold, as Jackson will have more time to find his receivers, which now include Sammy Watkins and rookie Rashod Bateman. McSorely will get the first test drive of this new offense, while the attention is more on the pieces around him than the fourth-year quarterback himself.
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New Orleans Saints 2021 Preseason Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, August 14th 7:00 pm (NFL Sunday Ticket / WBAL / WVTM) @ Baltimore Ravens
Week 2: Monday, August 23rd 8:00 pm (ESPN) vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3: Saturday, August 28th 8:00 pm (NFL Network) vs Arizona Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens 2021 preseason schedule
Week 1: Saturday, August 14th 7:00 pm (NFL Sunday Ticket / WBAL / WVTM) vs New Orleans Saints
Week 2: Saturday, August 21st 7:00 pm (NFL Network) @ Carolina Panthers
Week 3: Saturday, August 28th 6:00 pm (NFL Network) @ Washington Football Team
New Orleans Saints vs Baltimore Ravens Odds
Just because it is the season doesn’t mean that sportsbooks won’t accept action on the game. Here’s how the game is projected in the books.
Spread: New Orleans +1 (-110) | Baltimore -1 (-110)
Over / Under: 36.5 (-110)
Moneyline: New Orleans +100 | Baltimore -120
Prediction: New Orleans covers, over 36.5, New Orleans wins +100
Analysis: When a team is in a quarterback competition, it is safe to assume that both parties are going to bring their best effort. Because McSorely isn’t going to supplant Jackson, the Ravens are more likely using Saturday’s game just to get full-speed repetitions. Offensively and defensively both teams can produce scores, as well as on offense. If there’s a preseason game to see a lot of scoring, it’s this one.