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Key Matchup of the Week: Lattimore vs. Metcalf

Keep an eye on this key matchup as we gear up for another week of Saints football.

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With the New Orleans Saints’ matchup with the Seattle Seahawks looming on Monday night, a key matchup to look out for will be that of receiver D.K. Metcalf and cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

The Saints are currently 4.5 point favorites over the Seahawks, according to DraftKings sportsbook, thanks in large part due to the stellar play of their secondary. And Lattimore is the anchor of that secondary.

His 10 pass breakups according to PFF lead all DBs by far, and he’s allowing a mere 42.9% completion rate when targeted so far this season.

He recorded a whopping six PBU’s against the Washington Football Team last week.

Metcalf is the leader of a very talented receiver group in Seattle, with five touchdown catches so far this season, which is tied for the fourth-most of all WRs. He’s also racked up 441 yards on a 70.5% catch rate.

Both players are arguably in the top five at their respective positions.

Lattimore and Metcalf are both in the top five in PFF grade at their positions — Lattimore’s coverage grade of 82.6 is second among qualifying corners, and Metcalf’s receiving grade of 84.7 is fifth among receivers.

Metcalf will have to make due without his superstar quarterback Russell Wilson, however, which could be an aspect of the game that is in Lattimore’s favor.

Another factor to look out for is the officiating between these two. Metcalf’s five penalties called against him this season are tied for the most called against a WR in the NFL. Lattimore, on the other hand, has only been called for one penalty.

It will be interesting to see if Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen wants Lattimore to shadow Metcalf or not. But even if he doesn’t, Metcalf spends nearly 80% of his snaps out wide, which is where Lattimore does his work.

Either way, it should be an entertaining matchup to watch between two of the best in the league at their positions on Monday night.


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