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NFL Titans at Saints

September 24, 2007

NFL Football Week 3 - Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints 8:30 PM EST

Drew Brees, QB for New OrleansThe Saints have been outscored 75-24 in back-to-back losses on the road to the Colts & Bucs. The results are dramatic considering how well Sean Paytonís team played in 2006. Perhaps a little home Monday night cooking can turn things around.

The Saints will need to improve on their 1-5 ATS mark in the home favorite role last year, as they are listed as 4 Ĺ-point favorites at sportsbook.com.

It certainly wonít be easy, since the opponent is a Tennessee team that has covered 12 of 14 games overall and has thrived in the dog role, going 12-3 ATS over the last two seasons. The Titans are also on a 26-13 ATS run vs. the NFC.

As an interesting side story, Vince Young and Reggie Bush meet for the first time as professionals Monday night. The last meeting between Young and Bush took place in the Rose Bowl in 2006.

Young authored up a peformance for the ages, leading Texas to the national championship with a 41-38 victory over Bush and Southern California.

Three months after that game, Young was drafted third, one spot behind Bush. Now, Young and Bush are the cornerstones for their respective franchises.

Last season, the Saints were the NFL's feel-good story, coming out of nowhere to reach the NFC championship game for the first time in their history.

Among the favorites this season to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLII, the Saints have opened the campaign with a pair of lopsided losses. They have been outscored by a 72-24 in losing to Indianapolis and Tampa Bay.

One player who has yet to find his game has been Drew Brees, who has thrown for just one touchdown and three interceptions. Last season, Brees led the league with 4,418 passing yards and was third with 26 touchdowns.

It also been an extremely slow start for Bush, who has managed just 65 yards rushing on 22 carries through two games.

This contest marks the first Monday night appearance for Young, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. Just like Bush, who pumped life into the Saints last season, Young did the same for the Titans. He went 8-5 as the starter after replacing Kerry Collins, helping Tennessee to a .500 finish.

Last Sunday, Young completed 17-of-27 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in a 22-20 loss to Indianapolis.

The strong point for the Titans through two games has been a running game, which has produced 423 yards.

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