This isn’t your typical article, and it’s certainly not your typical stat. That said, the New Orleans Saints are the NFL’s best second-quarter scoring team.
The New Orleans Saints have had their struggles this season. Yes, they’re 6-2 and currently leading their division, but these all haven’t been easy games for the Black and Gold. Four of their last five wins have been by one score.
Besides the two double-digit wins at the hands of Tampa Bay, the Saints haven’t looked overly dominant this season. But, as the Bucs were becoming one of the league’s most respected teams, the Saints absolutely trashed them at their home, Raymond James Stadium.
That 38-3 victory both solidified the Saints as one of the best teams in the NFC and pushed analysts back to questioning whether the Bucs truly have it or not.
Well, as for the Saints, they have it, but they certainly don’t look like it in the first quarter of games. They’ve trailed in every game except their Week 9 victory. The Saints have been able to come from behind in every game because they wake up in the second quarter.
After scoring 17 points in the second quarter against the Bucs, New Orleans has officially become the league’s best second-quarter scoring team. They score 12.5 points per game in the second quarter. The next team up, Green Bay, averages 12.5 per game.
There are nine teams, none of which are in the NFC South, that average double-digit scoring per second quarter. It just goes to show how impressive nearing two touchdowns in one quarter is for a team.
The Saints aren’t just the best scoring team in the second quarter, but their 12.5 per second quarter is the best scoring average for any team in any quarter so far this season. It’s impressive, and something oftentimes passed by or not recognized.
The team has played themselves into a few massive wholes, and they’ve been to be aggressive and get out of it. Their true selves come out when their back is against the wall. That’s what will hopefully show this postseason.