New Orleans Saints offense ranks high while defense barely gets off the ground


October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play in the huddle during their game against the San Diego Chargers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook – US PRESSWIRE

As Week 6 draws to a close, the New Orleans Saints will begin to prepare for their Week 7 match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Looking at the statistics, it’s not hard to see where the club will place their focus.

Currently, the Saints rank at #5 in the NFL in total offense.  They also rank #1 in passing while in rushing they rank an uncommonly low 27th in rushing the football.

On overall defense the Saints are ranked dead last at 32nd in the NFL and share the same rank when it comes stopping the run.  They do rank higher in turnovers with 21st in interceptions and 8th in fumbles.

Interim head coach Aaron Kromer said that since quarterback Drew Brees has had a “hot hand” on passing the ball, the run game got shelved and has suffered a bit.  Also a lack of production on run blocking has stalled the ground game as well.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has said that the defense is getting closer each week and in the game against the San Diego Chargers, that appeared to be some truth to that.  Now it’s just figuring out how to raise the bar and the ranking of the unit.