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

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Total penalties and yards against

Penalties have by far been the Saints’ No. 1 downfall. 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 the New England Patriots at 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.

They are currently giving up an average of 91 penalty yards per game while only receiving 37 of the same. On top of all of that, they have given up 20 first downs in five weeks off of defensive penalties costing the Saints majorly.

If New Orleans is going to hope to win anything this year, they are going to have to get their penalties under control on both sides of the ball. It has been a complete disgrace to see how many flags the black and gold draw each and every game.