There’s no denying that the 49ers have a top-two defense in the NFL. At the same time, it’s difficult to say that the Saints don’t have a defensive unit that’s among the top five throughout the entire NFL as well.
Both are top in opponent’s points per game and yards per game. Both have an elite cornerback, solid threats behind them and in front of them and elite lines to pressure quarterbacks. Both units really have few flaws.
The Saints could’ve used additional depth behind Eli Apple, but they should be fine moving forward with Marshon Lattimore and Apple leading the defensive onslaught.
However, the Niners should also be confident in their cornerbacks with Richard Sherman out wide. Against the league’s best, Michael Thomas has balled out so when these two teams collide, expect him to still thrive although likely being shadowed.
The Saints and 49ers are also both among the top ten in sacks, showing an aggressive and elite line. The 49ers defensive is marginally better the Saints while the Saints offense should end up significantly better than the Niners.
That’ll be the difference come Week 14.
Let’s just say, when these two teams finally take the field, it should be a thriller.