Over the next couple of days we’ll breaking the team down and looking at how they’ve done over the 1st 6 weeks of the season. The most important stat of course is the 5-1 record and 1st place in the NFC South.
Total Defense: 12th (338.0 per game)
The Saints were ranked a lot higher before the Patriot game but playing Tom Brady will do that to you. If anyone had said before the season that the Saints would go from a historic worst to 12th in Total Defense most Saints fans would have jumped on it.
Points allowed: 6th (17.2 per game)
17.2 points per game allowed is impressive. It ‘s hard for me to believe it’s only good enough for 6th best in the league. If the Saints can stay close to this number for the entire season, big things are in store for the team.
Passing Defense: 11th (224.0 per game)
This is impressive in that the Saints have been leading in a lot of their games, so the opposition is in a pass first mode. Credit goes to the improved pass rush as well.
Rushing Defense: 21st (114.0 per game)
One area that could be improved on. For the most part the run defense has looked good and then somebody will rip off a 20 yard run.
Third-down Defense: 7th (35.2 percent)
Maybe the biggest improvement over last year when it seemed like the Saint defense could never get off the field when it was 3rd down.
Red-zone touchdown Defense: 21st (61.1 percent)
At first glance this doesn’t look very good. But when you couple this with the 17.2 points allowed per game you realize that opponents aren’t getting in the red zone very often.
Takeaways: tie-8th (12)
Another area that has been vastly improved from last year. It makes a potent offense even better when the defense gets turnovers and improves field position.
Sacks Team: tie-4th (20)
It can’t be emphasized enough how much the pass rush has improved over last year. This is where a defense gets it swagger and makes it tough for a QB to get a rhythm going.
Sacks Individual: Cameron Jordan – 5 sacks (tie-8th)
There was a lot of talk in the pre-season about this scheme fitting Jordan’s style of play. Looks like it wasn’t just talk.
Tackles: Curtis Lofton – 47
When I looked this up I wasn’t surprised, Lofton often seems to be in the right place at the right time. Thats instinctive and you can’t coach that.
Interceptions: Keenan Lewis – 2
The idea behind picking up Lewis was getting a good coverage corner and add some more toughness to the defense. Check and Check.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the offense and see how it has done thus far in the season.
Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab