On the year the Saints’ defense has held opponents to 107.6 yards per game rushing while giving up nearly 250 through the air. Not horrible stats, about the league average – but it’s the little things that are hurting the defenses play on the field.
The Saints are 31st in first-quarter defense, allowing an average of 9.5 points in the first quarter. However, the defense improves to allow just 8.5 points total in the second half which ranks 10th league-wide.
New Orleans could improve it’s chances of winning drastically if they can find a way to limit early points by their opponents.
In 2009 the Saints finished the season +11 in the turnover battle while thus far this year they find themselves with a -3 turnover margin.
Forced fumbles and interceptions are a sure fire way to keep your opponent behind you on the score board. New Orleans will have to find ways to get back into the black if they are to make a deep run into the playoffs.
New Orleans finished 2009 with 38 takeaways. Nearly a third of the way through the 2011 season, the Saints currently have a total of 4.