Comparing the basic stats, between the Cardinals and Saints, it appears to me that procuring a win for Arizona is in BA's hands. Offensive play calling must produce 24 to 30 Pts. This has yet to be done, this season against the N.O. Defense. They have only allowed an average of 15.5 Pts./G. That's the bad news, but that is exactly why Bidwill hired Bruce Arians as HC, to produce an effective Offense, that can score points and win.
Drew Brees and Carson Palmer are a good matchup where Brees sports a 87.4 QBR and Palmer a 85.2 QBR. Brees is completing passes at 64% and Palmer does it at 61%. Brees TD to INT ratio is 3/3 and Palmer is 3/2. Brees passes more often for 340 Yds/G to Palmers 287 Yds/G. In my opinion, the Cardinals scoring enough to secure the win falls directly on Arians' shoulders, and his ability to call a good game.
One of the keys will be the Cardinals Ground Game. So far Arizona has only generated about 87 Yds/G on the ground. That must change in N'Orlins. It is time for the Cardinals to unveil a balanced attack and control the Game Clock and TOP. We cannot allow Brees time to score.
Another key for the Cardinals is to make the Saints play from behind and force Brees into taking chances with his passing game. If that happens, I am confident our Defense can force TOs. I predict the Cardinals Defense will have three takeaways and limit the Saints' scoring to less than their 19.5 Pts/G average.
I am looking at the New Orleans contest as a statement game for BA and the Arizona Cardinals. That is, I am looking for the Cardinals to win and to win big. That would be a statement heard around the league, whether they admit it or not.
Go BA! GO CARDS!