New Orleans Saints have NFL’s top offense again, and here’s why

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94), outside linebacker Kasim Edebali (91), inside linebacker Ramon Humber (53), and outside linebacker Hau

4. Defensive takeaways

There is at least one positive on the defensive side of the ball for the New Orleans Saints. While they haven’t found much success in the interceptions category, they do rank No. 1 in the league in fumble recoveries with nine.  Unfortunately, the lack of total takeaways still puts the Black and Gold at -2 in the turnover differential.

But thanks to an excellent effort from rookie linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha (leads team in forced fumbles) and company, the Saints are sometimes able to capitalize off the turnovers and set up scoring drives.

With several key players rebounding from injuries in attempts to shake off the rust, maybe, just maybe this defense can finally regain some momentum and help out the offense.  We saw what this department is capable of doing during the Saints’ wins against the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts.  Will we see it again, or is the offense their only hope?

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