By Sam Teets | Clutch Points
The New Orleans Saints have thrown together back-to-back great seasons. In 2017, the team went 11-5, but they lost to the Minnesota Vikings on a miracle play. In 2018, the team improved and finished atop the NFC South with a 13-3 record. They ended up losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the conference championship game thanks to one of the worst no-calls in recent memory. Now, the Saints have to continue to find ways to improve in 2019.
The Saints have such a talent-heavy offense that this article consists of three defensive players. The team doesn’t have a bad defense. The unit finished 14th in total defense (yards per game) last season. The defense was also spectacular against the run, finishing 2nd only to the Chicago Bears. The Saints allowed just 80.2 rushing yards per game in 2018. The Bears allowed 80.0, barely topping New Orleans.
Pass defense is really where New Orleans struggled last season. The team finished 29th in the league in passing yards per game, allowing 268.9. Opposing offenses completed 67.0% of their passes against the Saints in 2018, the seventh highest completion percentage in the league. Quarterbacks finished with a 100.3 rating against the Saints defense. The pass defense also got beat often, allowing the second most completions of 40 or more yards. Needless to say, this article will highlight some of the players from the Saints secondary.
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