Defense plays pivotal role in win over Raiders


All season the Saints defense has been receiving much of criticism for dragging the team down. In their latest win against the Raiders however, they lifted the team up to victory.

November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints have shown in the past few weeks that they are getting back to being the successful and efficient squad they were last year.

The offensive line is protecting better, running lanes are opening up, the defensive line is beginning to generate pressure, and the defense is making plays to shut down their opponents when they get in the red zone.

"Steve has done a great job with this defense. They never got down on one another. You try to get better every week and they’ve done that; we’re proud of them. – Interim head coach Joe Vitt in post-game press conference"

Malcolm Jenkins came up with a big pick six in the first quarter to put points on the board and later on Roman Harper intercepted a pass in the end zone to keep the Raiders off of the board.

"(Saints goal line defense) It’s amazing. I don’t know if I’ve seen a team play goal line defense like this team; it’s a testament to our toughness. – Interim head coach Joe Vitt"

Overall, the Saints allowed under 400 yards of total offense; 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions despite being on the field for over 30 minutes.

The Saints will need to continue to build on the improvements that they have made for next week’s game in the Superdome against the San Francisco 49ers.