The Defense = Complete Change
The Saints allowed 273 net yards of offense, which is the exact amount they allowed in Tampa last week.
After the opening drive of the game, which saw the Cardinals go 80 yards in 11 plays to get their only score of the game, the Saints unit responded. Kenny Vaccaro & Keenan Lewis officially got their first interceptions as Saints. Cam Jordan (twice), Glenn Foster (who had been most inactive/limited this week), and Junior Galette all accounted for sacks of Carson Palmer. Curtis Lofton led all tacklers with 8.
The defense made many adjustments throughout the game, and again, the Saints did not allow a 300 yard passer, 100 rusher, or 100 yard receiver. Palmer finished 18/35 for 187 yards, 2INT, Mendenhall had 9 carries for 29 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald caught 5 balls for 64 yards.
It’s hard to say much else about the defense, and to think how this defense is responding, it’s turning even more heads.
This about sums it up from Scott Fujita:
Reason for Saints defensive turnaround this year: Total buy-in. You can see it on field & on sideline. Not so much last year.
— Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) September 22, 2013