New Orleans Saints break record, make history with 8 turnovers all season
The New Orleans Saints broke the 2010 Patriots and 2011 49ers record for fewest turnovers with a mere eight all season in 2019.
This season has been bountiful for the New Orleans Saints.
They watched Drew Brees break Peyton Manning‘s all-time touchdowns record; he also broke the record for single-game completion percentage in that performance.
On top of those records by the team’s future Hall of Fame quarterback, in Week 16, New Orleans saw Michael Thomas break Marvin Harrison‘s record for the most receptions in a single season. Thomas finished the season with 149 receptions and nine double-digit reception games.
However, while all those are impressive, the most impressive may be the fact that the Saints broke the record for fewest turnovers in a season while also being one of the league’s most high-powered offenses.
Fans can tip their hat to Sean Payton for this one.
It’s not one single player that did this. This was a full team effort. Everyone from receivers to tight ends to running back to quarterbacks and even the stellar offensive line deserves credit for breaking this record.
Brees and Bridgewater combined for six interceptions all season long. That’s a huge reason for the team’s 13-3 record. That said, more credit should be heaped on Bridgewater for coming in and winning those five games, throwing just two picks.
Also, it’s mightily impressive that players like Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray didn’t amass more fumbles this season. The running game was one of the most stable and consistent threats for New Orleans.
The Saints will be entering the NFC playoffs with the No. 3 seed. Yes, you read that correctly. The 13-3 Saints, who clinched the NFC South weeks ago, weren’t able to secure a first-round bye although they had a mere three losses.
However, a home matchup with Minnesota and hopefully a road matchup with Green Bay shouldn’t truly challenge this dominant offense and dynamic defense. They’ll take their records into the most important part of the season and try to break even more.