BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
Against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, the New Orleans Saints enjoyed one of the best offensive performances on third down by any team in the last 30 years.
New Orleans converted 12 of its 14 third down attempts, an 85.7 % success rate. Pro Football Reference has single-game third-down data going back to the 1991 season, and prior to Sunday’s game, only one team had ever converted better than 85 % of its third downs (minimum eight attempts): The 2008 Saints.
Prior to Sunday, no other NFL team had converted better than 77 % of its third down attempts this season.
Quarterback Drew Brees...