Jim Henderson's Black & Gold Breakdown: Ravens at Saints

Jim Henderson's Black & Gold Breakdown: Ravens at Saints

It's the best division in the NFL against the worst. And both have contributed to that for the other.

The Ravens can sweep the NFC south with a win over the Saints, having out-scored the Panthers, Bucs and Falcons 115 to 34. The AFC North is the only division to boast four teams above .500

The Saints have contributed to that, having lost to the Browns and last week, the Bengals. The AFC North has greatly contributed to no team in the NFC South even being .500.

The training room door has been a turnstile for the banged-up Saints who must now host a Raven team coming off its bye week, fairly healthy and well-rested. Under John Harbaugh, they are 5 and 1 after a week off.

The Ravens have an excellent interior of their offensive line and the Saints have been gashed by opponents' runs between the tackles the last two weeks in losses to San Francisco and Cincinnati.

Defensively, the Raven secondary has allowed more yards to wide receivers than any team in the NFL. But the front seven is as good as anybody's. The 340-pound defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has as many interceptions - two - as the Saints interception leader Corey White.

Their edge rushers - Dumervil, McPhee and Suggs - have 23 sacks, 25 quarterback hits and 54 quarterback hurries. Behind them, linebacker C.J. Mosley - their number one draft choice out of Alabama - is a mid-season favorite to win NFL defensive rookie of the year honors.

The Saints' chances would appear to depend on Drew Brees putting up big numbers in a shootout. If not, the big numbers in the Ravens' win column and those in the loss column of the Saints get bigger.

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