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Week 6 presents a tough matchup of young and talented defenses for the Saints.

NFL: AUG 09 Preseason - Saints at Jaguars Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2019. Next, we’ll look at what could be a potential “trap game,” the Week 6 game against the Jacksonville, Jaguars. Our friends over at Big Cat Country took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on our AFC opponent.

NFL: AUG 09 Preseason - Saints at Jaguars Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 6: at the Jacksonville Jaguars

Notable free agent additions:

Nick Foles, QB, Alfred Blue RB, Geoff Swaim TE, Terrell Pryor WR

Over/Under:

8 wins -- Over. The Jaguars still had a Top 5 defense in 2018 despite winning only five games and having one of the worst offenses in the NFL, in large part because of an injury ravaged offensive line. Even with all of that they still had five games where they lost by a touchdown or less. With a significant upgrade at quarterback and a healthy offensive line, the dominant defense should be able to put them in position again for a playoff push with just a slight improvement on offense.

Most exciting rookie:

Josh Allen - The Jaguars first round pick won’t have to start right away, which means he can be a Swiss Army knife in the Jaguars loaded defense and come in as a pass rusher either with his hand in the dirt or as a linebacker blitzing from all angles.

Position battle to keep an eye on:

WR - The Jaguars wide receiver group right now is the great unknown. They have a lot of players with potential and some players like Terrell Pryor and Chris Conley who are looking for a change to make waves, but it’s going to be a battle to see who stands out and who ends up looking for another team in final cuts.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

Nick Foles - The Jaguars made the big move moving on from Blake Bortles and splashing on Foles in free agency. The most anticipated thing going into training camp is how Foles looks and if he’s the clear cut upgrade and consistent quarterback the team has been looking for since David Garrard.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into camp:

The Jaguars safety position is a big question mark as the team moved on from veterans Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church. Jarrod Wilson and Ronnie Harrison have showed playmaking ability in spurts, but how will they do as full time starters?

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

Marqise Lee and Cam Robinson are both coming off torn ACLs.

Obscure player on the 90-man roster that will be a preseason star (and likely later cut):

Thomas Rawls - The Jaguars are totally revamping the running back position and I would expect Rawls to get a lot of carries in the preseason but I’m not sure where he fits.

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This game comes right before a game that could have significant playoff implications, the Week 7 contest against the Chicago Bears. The Saints can’t afford to look past the Jaguars.

So what says you, you unbiased Saints fans? Can the Saints take care of business against Jacksonville? Vote in the poll. Explain in the comments. And make sure you also check out DraftDividends.com, a website for a new book I’m writing currently titled Draft Picks and Dividends: A Fantasy Football Player’s Guide to Understanding the Stock Market.

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