The New Orleans Saints improved to 5-5 this season after their rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Saints were in control for the entire game and now have reached the .500 mark after starting the season 0-4. The Saints have been tearing it up in their current three-game win streak and look poised to make the playoffs.
The Saints have been playing balanced football and that is the reason they have won their last five of six games. The Saints have found some life in their running game and in turn the running game has opened things up for Drew Brees and the passing game.
The Saints rushed for 153 yards and passed for 229 yards and it was this balanced offensive attack that won the game for the Saints. Everyone knew that the Saints had a great offense but it is the recent play of their defense that has been turning heads.
Through the first half of the season the Saints’ defense had been one of the worst in the NFL and statistically it still is. However, in the past three games the Saints’ defense has been playing much better and it seems that they are finally coming to form. In the Saints’ 38-17 defeat of the Raiders the team had two interceptions, three sacks, and 68 tackles.
The Saints’ defense has been able to make big plays and pressure the quarterback and as a result the Saints have been winning games. The Saints are starting to get a defense that can help Brees and in turn they have become one of the most complete teams in the NFL.
Next up for the Saints is a home contest against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are coming off a dominating Monday night game against the Chicago Bears and look to continue their domination against the Saints. However, the Saints are one of the hottest teams in the NFL and are looking to keep their winning streak alive.
The Saints will face a stingy defense in the 49ers and it will be difficult to run against them. On the other hand, the Saints have one of the best offenses in the league and Brees and his team will find a way to score on the 49ers. The game should be a great matchup and it could be personal as the 49ers were the team that knocked the Saints out of the playoffs last season.