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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Saints allowed 18-plus points in each of their first eight games, but the defense has now held opponents to 17 or fewer in four straight contests.
At the start of this recent stretch, it was tough to give the defense its full due. The Saints beat the Bengals 51-14 in Week 10 and the Eagles 48-7 in Week 11, and Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen acknowledged after those two games that its easier to play aggressively on defense when the offense is scoring on nearly every drive and creating huge leads.
However, the offense wasn’t quite as productive in Week 12’s 31-17 win over the Falcons. Then, the offense struggled mightily against the Cowboys on Thursday, but the defense kept the Saints in the game, even though they eventually lost 13-10.
Now, after four impressive defensive performances, the Saints are confident they’ve found some consistency on that side of the ball. ...
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