1. The New Orleans Saints have one of the Top 5 defenses in the NFL
November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
When Rob Ryan was hired, Saints fans expected to get a defense that was just a little bit better than last year’s squad. They hadn’t completely overhauled their defensive personnel, they were switching to a new defensive scheme which was bound to come with its own issues, and Rob Ryan’s prior defenses hung around the middle pack of the league. Through the first three weeks of the season, Profootballfocus.com has the Saints defense ranked fourth in the NFL in least total yards allowed and fifth in scoring defense. Defensive end Cameron Jordan has pressured the quarterback more times than J.J. Watt has this season and Jordan has had 19 less snaps than Watt.
Junior Galette is living up to his potential as an innovative pass rusher with a non-stop motor. Keenan Lewis is no slouch in the secondary and neither is first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro. The pass rush is creating opportunities for Jabari Greer, Malcolm Jenkins, Curtis Lofton, and the rest of the defense to make big plays. That’s good news because they won’t be facing any elite offenses until after their bye in week 7.