Positive No. 1 – Alvin Kamara/Latavius Murray
Last year, I felt that the Saints didn’t utilize Latavius Murray to his fullest and that they over-utilized Alvin Kamara who wasn’t even close to 100 percent. That was pointed out when Kamara was injured and Murray stepped up big time in his absence.
Murray, once again this year, proved why he should not just be Kamara’s backup, but instead, he should be the partner in the rushing game. Because these two are working so well together, Bell shouldn’t even be considered to ruin this duo.
Negative No. 1 – Penalties
Penalties have by far been the Saints’ No. 1 weakness. There isn’t even a close second. New Orleans ranks top ten in the number of penalties assessed to a team thus far with 33 (the top of the list is 45).
However, the Saints do rank No. 1 in the entire NFL in total penalty yards assessed to a team with 458 yards. Two of the Saints’ losses saw them gain a huge number of defensive penalties. They are also -273 in net penalty yards beating out the second NFL team by almost 200 yards.