Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints: Keys To Victory

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Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, in white, watches his team play the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly rested, rejuvenated, and motivated to fight for a playoff spot following their bye in week eleven.  Meanwhile, the Saints are coming off an uncharacteristic home loss at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals in what has been a largely disappointing season.

In the NFC South, 4-6 is good enough for first place.  But that very same record would land you in the basement of the AFC North. So why is everyone still predicting a Saints victory on Monday Night Football, especially after they have looked so vulnerable this season?

While a lot of people are still waiting around for the Saints to magically turn things around and shed their losing ways, it’s getting pretty late in the season for that.  The only team with a winning record they have beaten this year is Green Bay.  Outside of that, their other three wins have come against teams with a combined 9-21 record.

So it’s not crazy to think that the Ravens can hand the Saints their third loss in a row.  But what must they do to pull off the “upset?”  We’ve got the five things you should watch for, which just so happen to be five things the Ravens must do to stay afloat in the AFC North.  Click next to see them all.