The New Orleans Saints defense was horrendous in 2012. In fact, it was a big reason why the team missed the playoffs completely. After allowing a NFL record 7,042 total yards on defense last season, the Saints are determined to improve on a week-to-week basis. That means taking another step forward in the right direction when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
New Orleans allowed 367 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. The numbers are not bad considering the Falcons have a high-flying offense that is expected to lead the team deep into the postseason. With that being said, the Saints would prefer to be ranked better than 18th in the league in total defense. The good news is New Orleans will have a great opportunity to do that against Tampa Bay.
“It’s only one week, but it’s definitely something great to build on,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said, according to NOLA.com. “We kind of went out there and showed who we are against a great, prolific offense. We did good.
“You negate some of those big plays in there that we corrected on film. So we left some plays out there. We could have been higher.”
The Buccaneers only managed to gain 250 yards of total offense against the New York Jets in Week 1. New York was one of the top defensive teams last season in which they allowed an impressive 189.8 yards per game. It will be hard for the Saints to follow up with the Jets did to the Buccaneers. With that being said, there is no question the defense has confidence they can handle the job.