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They've eliminated the explosives and it made a big difference. I take little credence in that yards stat though. This is what matters to me.

Defense - 2.34 points/drive (15th)
Offense - 2.81 points/drive (6th)

Considering they were a bottom barrel defense in points per drive most of the season that's an awesome turnaround. The offense has hovered around top 5 all year. Big question marks loom though.
 

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Giving up 308.2 ypg

Offense is currently 12th in ypg, but 4th in points/g

I am pretty sure this is the first time under Sean Payton that the defense may be even better than the offense, and the offense is still very good.
Good find MJC.
The D has been balling out. Hopefully it continues.
 

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Giving up 308.2 ypg

Offense is currently 12th in ypg, but 4th in points/g

I am pretty sure this is the first time under Sean Payton that the defense may be even better than the offense, and the offense is still very good.
Offense is 4th in ppg
Defense 12th in ppg

Offense still considerably better than the defense.
 

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They've eliminated the explosives and it made a big difference. I take little credence in that yards stat though. This is what matters to me.

Defense - 2.34 points/drive (15th)
Offense - 2.81 points/drive (6th)

Considering they were a bottom barrel defense in points per drive most of the season that's an awesome turnaround. The offense has hovered around top 5 all year. Big question marks loom though.
You are right. The defense has been trending toward the #1 defense in points allowed over the last 3 games. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this trend going against Atlanta.

Below are some defense points allowed charts I just pulled. The first one is just the season average points allowed. The other two are points per game sorted by the last 3 games for comparison to others and points per play sorted by the last 3 games. This is the defense I expected coming into the year, but it took them a wasted first quarter of the season to get there.

EDIT: 15.75 ppg allowed since the bye, 18.0 ppg allowed since Davenport returned.

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I absolutely hate that they rank teams based off of yards given up. Yards don't win games, points do. This is why I'll say until the day I die that the 2012 Saints defense was NOT the worst in history. Sure, by yards it is but the worst defense in history doesn't get a shutout. And don't give me that broken clock or blind squirrel analogy because it doesn't work. A shutout would be the equivalent of a broken clock being right 10 times a day or a blind squirrel finding a dozen nuts. It's impossible. Okay, rant over. I had to get that out.
 

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This is why I'll say until the day I die that the 2012 Saints defense was NOT the worst in history.
By ppg allowed, the 2012 Saints D wasn't even the worst Saints defense:

28.4 ppg - 2012 and 2016 Saints D tied (2012 Titans D allowed 29.4 ppg)
29.8 ppg - 2015 Saints D
30.4 ppg - 1980 Saints D

Other notorious defenses:

30.9 ppg - 2019 Dolphins D
32.3 ppg - 2008 Lions D
35.8 ppg - 1966 Giants D (All Time Worst PPG)
 

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Don’t look at their 3-6 record, the Falcon O may well present the biggest challenge for our D so far this season. Matt Ryan is having a really good year.He’s thrown for 2746 yds (2nd in the League ) 67 % completion rate, 15 TDs and only 5 INTS. They also have a “complimentary” run game (961 yds) led by Gurley with 584 yds.

I see this coming down to 3 things. Our run D must continue to dominate, forcing their O to be more one dimensional. Our 4 man pass rush needs to continue to get good pressure n get in Ryan’s face n in his head! Our DBs then just need to play smart, n limit deep balls n unnecessary DPIs !

We’ll see!
 

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