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Saints coach Sean Payton will tell you his running game doesn't drop off that much without Thomas in the game. That's not true. The offense is more crisp and the ground game more efficient with Thomas, who says he will play despite three broken ribs. Reggie Bush has become a one-trick pony catching the ball and the Saints simply have not been as productive with Mike Bell carrying the load. One key carry could spell the difference in this one.

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