3 things the Saints need to fix coming out of the bye week

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3rd down conversion efficiency

This is a stat for the Saints that can be better. Is it good? Yes, but it can be better. New Orleans is currently converting just 48 percent of their third downs on the year. They are 32-66 in the first five weeks of the 2020 season.

That is good for the top five in the NFL, but with a team the caliber of the Saints offense, that number should be higher. Meanwhile, the defense is allowing 48% of opposing offenses to gain a first down on third down as well.

This fix happens on both sides of the ball.

The Saints need to be better converting them, but the defense has to step up and stop a team on third down. Just like the offense is good for a top-five spot in the NFL, the defense is good for a bottom-five spot.

New Orleans will be vastly improved once the defense gets around to stopping teams. They have allowed 92 first downs to opposing teams this year. Throughout this bye week, this stat needs to be addressed with the team.