Saints Drilling down on the Defense (comparing Saints to ‘00 Ravens & ‘85 Bears) (1 Viewer)

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For all NN’s & DD’s, don’t get your panties in a wad. The following is just a LIMITED sample to compare the Saints’ recent 3-game stretch (defense) with the best 3-game stretch vs. the run for the ‘00 Ravens & ‘85 Bears.

When you look the numbers, keep in mind that the threshold for playoff teams‘ defense has ALSO been giving up 17 pts. or fewer per game.

Turnover ratio on the PLUS side is an absolute must!

Finally, a good playoff team yields an average of 300 total yds. or less. All 3 teams met the above criteria.

You should also note that during each team’s BEST consecutive 3-game stretch in rushing yards allowed:

a. Saints surrendered fewer rushing, passing and total yds. than the ‘85 Bears.

b. Saints surrendered fewer rushing yds. than BOTH the ‘00 Ravens and ‘85 Bears.

c. Saints’ point differential was better than both the ‘00 Ravens & ‘85 Bears.

Here are the numbers (...again, this is just a small sample, but it is an indicator that the Saints are definitely trending in the right direction):

1. ‘85 Bears (weeks 5-7):
a. vs TB
(1) total yds allowed: 373
(a) passing yds: 346
(b) rushing yds: 27
(2) pts. allowed: 19

b. vs. SF
(1) total yds allowed: 183
(a) passing yds: 116
(b) rushing yds: 67
(2) pts. allowed: 10

c. vs. GB
(1) total yds allowed: 319
(a) passing yds: 223
(b) rushing yds: 96
(2) pts. allowed: 7

2. ‘00 Ravens (weeks 8-10)
a. vs. TENN
(1) total yds allowed: 191
(a) passing yds: 101
(b) rushing yds: 90
(2) pts. allowed: 14

b. vs. PITT
(1) total yds allowed: 231
(a) passing yds: 111
(b) rushing yds: 129
(2) pts. allowed: 9

c. vs. CIN
(1) total yds allowed: 174
(a) passing yds: 130
(b) rushing yds: 44
(2) pts. allowed: 7

3. 2020 Saints (weeks 9-11)
a. vs. TAM
(1) total yds allowed: 194
(a) passing yds: 186
(b) rushing yds: 8
(2) pts. allowed: 3

b. vs. SF
(1) total yds allowed: 281
(a) passing yds: 232
(b) rushing yds: 49
(2) pts. allowed:

c. vs. ATL
(1) total yds allowed: 248
(a) passing yds: 196
(b) rushing yds: 52
(2) pts. allowed: 9

Not looking for anybody to crown our arse right now. You can have a “flash in the pan” for a game or two. But once you start stringing together 3 or more... ...you’re onto something!

Bottom line: The way the Saints have been playing on defense has to be encouraging for all WhoDats! Let’s hope & pray that team health holds up all the way to Lombardi Gras.

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It’s been fun to watch our DLine for sure. And the secondary has locked down. Really all 3 levels of the defense have played well. Really thankful to have all of them clicking.

Tomorrow, they will be needed more than ever with Drew AND TA out.
 
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Ryan Nielsen has done a phenomenal job with the D-line. The legendary defenses mentioned above start with the front seven. Nielsen has developed a front four that push and collapse the pocket relentlessly, which is key.

To see our defense stop the run as well as they have been makes it much easier for Dennis Allen to be a mad scientist... disguising fronts and coverages, and confusing the QB. That extra half-second is literally a game-changer.

Now, with the playmakers that we have, it should be even more fun to watch.

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It’s been fun to watch our DLine for sure. And the secondary has locked down. Really all 3 levels of the defense have played well. Really thankful to have all of them clicking.

Tomorrow, they will be needed more than ever with Drew AND TA out.
That Broncos WR who will play QB will surprise a lot of us if he is able to do a halfway decent job. If so, it may open doors for him as an NFL QB. 🤔

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What’s more impressive is that they are doing it in 2020 where overall defense is down and the game favors the offense!
 

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