Saints Defense Breaking Records in a Good Way

Saints young defense playing with swagger

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When was the last time you could say “three defensive touchdowns” and “New Orleans Saints” in the same sentence”.  The past three games the Saints defense has been among the league’s best in getting turnovers and points per game allowed. Last Sunday against the Lions, the Saints defense got on the board early, with a forced turnover from Alex Okafor on Lions quarterback Matt Stafford.  The Lions were pinned at their own one yard line when Stafford held onto the ball too long when Okafor got a strip sack and Kenny Vaccaro recovered the ball in the end zone. Cameron Jordan and Alex Okafor caused havoc all day. Both were ranked in top three defensive ends from week six via Pro Football Focus. Loins then marched down the field for a touchdown, capping it off with an impressive 45 yard touchdown by Golden Tate. The Saints went marching in and answered Detroit’s touchdown with a Will Lutz field goal. From that point on the Saints took control of the game and had Detroit in a choke hold with a 45-10 lead late in the third quarter. Detroit slowly fought back into the game with some huge defensive and special teams plays. Lions narrowed the point spread to a one score game, but Cam Jordan put the dagger in the lions heart with a pick six on a self batted pass. The saints pounded out a 52-38 win in the dome in a highly entertaining game. Even though there was 38 points on the board the defense allowed 24 of those. For the first time in Saints history, the defense scored tree touchdowns.  Two pick six touchdowns and one fumble return for another. Defense tallied five turnovers, five sacks and 16 batted passes in the win. The passing game struggle  against the Lions and the offense committed their first turnover and then came in bunches.  Drew Brees threw two interceptions and Mark Ingram put the all on the ground once.  While the offense struggled in the second half, worry not, Drew will take control and get them back on track with healthy Willie Snead and Terron Armstead.

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The young saints secondary is improving every week. 2017 second round pick, Marcus Williams has played well.  Williams is looking like that safety they didn’t get in Jairus Byrd. Second year cornerback Ken Crawley has played lights out, being one of the top rated Pro Football Focus corners so this season. Crawley was inactive the first two games, he’s showed the coaching staff he should have been the starter week one. Vonn Bell and Kenny Vacarro have been very solid both being very effective in the run and Kenny has racked up a couple of interception early on too. The star of the show is 2017 11th overall pick Marshon Lattimore. He is third in rankings for rookie of the year and is among some of top performing in the league.