The New Orleans Saints have one thing that they need to take advantage of going into their matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers are a very, very good team, that is 6-4 on the year. Their defense is one of the best in the league, if not the best.

Their offense is fueled by Deebo Samuel and Christian McCaffrey, a guy the Saints are familiar with.

But, there is one thing the Saints should be taking advantage of this week heading into the matchup, that I don’t think a ton of people are thinking about.

So when we think back to last week, and who, or where rather, the 49ers played, it was in Mexico against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. Playing on Monday night already puts the 49ers at a disadvantage heading into the next week.

It means less rest and less preparation. Then, you add in the fact that the 9ers were in Mexico, playing an international game, and that doesn’t help their case any at all either.

They have to be gassed after that trip.

“I don’t think so, because I think we would choose right now,” Shanahan said when asked if they get to choose their bye week when doing international play.

Usually, when teams come back from playing in a different country, those teams usually turn things down a bit in terms of practice and things of that nature.

The 49ers will have to because of their road trip and the holidays. In other words, there is a possibility they won’t be as prepared and will be much more fatigued than the Saints.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Shanahan said when asked if he would dial it back some in practice due to the long trip. “I have already dialed it back by pushing this day [Wednesday] way back. I mean we got in around 6:15 on Tuesday, so we gave the players the whole day off.

“We had to get going with the game plan. We had a few hours this morning moving the stuff back. So, we are starting a lot later, and we will just walk through today, and kind of mix in Thanksgiving a little on Thursday, so we will dial some things back for that also.”

If the Saints want to get back in the diviso race, it starts with this game. The game won’t be easy by any means, because the 49ers are good.

However, they have an opportunity to take advantage of something they normally wouldn’t.

We will have to see Sunday if they take my advice.

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