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The Saints Are On The Road To The Super Bowl With The #1 Defense In The NFL

Posted by | December 2, 2020 .

New Orleans Saints (9-2) controls the NFC playoff race after their defense held a hapless Denver Broncos (4-7) offense to 3 points on Sunday, winning 31-3. New Orleans bolsters the #1 total defense in the NFL by allowing 284.9 yards per game. The Saints defense is #2 in the league against opponent’s rushing at 76.6 yards per game allowed. Last but not least, the New Orleans secondary is yielding 208.3 yards per game, which is 5th in the NFL, giving them the name “The DOMEinators

The complementary styles of linebackers Demario Davis and Kwon Alexander have been key factors in the Saints’ last two routs of the Falcons and Broncos. Since Alexander’s insertion into the starting lineup over Alex Anzalone, the players have combined for 22 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 2 passes defended, 2 quarterback hits, and 1 thrown for a loss in those two games. They have also affected the opposing offensive playcalling because of their sideline-to-sideline speed, pressures, tackling, and pass coverage skills.

Defensive ends Cam Jordan, Trey Hendrickson, and Marcus Davenport, along with defensive tackles David Onyemata, and Malcom Brown are notable defensive linemen contributing to New Orleans defensive success in their eight-game winning streak. We should also mention the improved play of the defensive secondary, especially safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, over the past several weeks has aided in the Saints’ rise to the top of the NFC playoff standings.

Interesting fact. Sean Payton led his backup quarterbacks to a 7-1 record when Drew Brees was out from an injury in 15 seasons. The lone loss was falling 22-27 to the Carolina Panthers with quarterback Luke McNown subbing for Brees (rotator cuff injury).