With the first eight weeks on the NFL season in the books, the New Orleans Saints are in great position. The Saints are 6-1 and atop of the NFC south division and they are in great position to make the playoffs and possibly secure a high seed. As great as their offense has been this season, the real story of the season has been their play on defense.
Under Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defensive scheme, the Saints have dominated their opposition this season with a much improved secondary and an even better pass rush. There were plenty of question marks heading into this season given how many injuries piled up for the Saints before the season even started. However, the Saints have proven their doubters wrong and look like legitimate contenders for a Super Bowl.
The Saints’ defense is for real as they have only given up an average of 17.1 points per game through seven games this season. This Saints’ defense is vastly different from the one that gave up a record 7,042 yards last season. The pass rush looks great and the secondary is actually making some plays this season.
The Saints’ pass rush is led by defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has accounted for six of the Saints’ 24 sacks this season. Despite all of the injuries to the defensive line Ryan has done a great job of working with what he has, and turning this Saints’ defense into a strong unit. If the Saints’ defense can keep up their level of play then a deep run in the playoffs seems very likely.
The Saints have always had a strong offense, but now with their improved defense this team should be considered as favorites to win it all.