After putting up 24 points last week, the New Orleans Saints should be able to have a better day offensively against the Broncos in Week 12.
The New Orleans Saints downed the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11, extending their win streak to seven while scoring 24 points. They should be able to build on that as they take a trip to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 12.
Their offense is bound to put up more than 24 points against Denver. Why is their offense bound to succeed?
Well, their weaknesses match up well with the Denver defense’s strengths.
The Denver defense is strong in pass coverage, ranking the top ten in opponent’s passing yards per game. With Taysom Hill leading the charge, the Saints’ offense is less of a passing offense and more of a rushing offense.
While that likely will help the bigger Latavius Murray and potentially ding the pass-catching running back Alvin Kamara, the fact remains that the Broncos rush defense isn’t anywhere as dominant as its pass.
The Saints ran 36 times against the Falcons in Hill’s first start of the season. The Falcons ran on the Saints’ dominant run defense just 14 times. It’s known league-wide that the Saints’ run defense is among the NFL’s best.
That said, for their offense to succeed, they need to be able to run the ball. It’s not a similar situation with Brees who can use his ultra-accurate arm to the team’s advantage.
For Hill, he has 44 rushes this season and 28 pass attempts, even after his first start at quarterback. He’s prone to scramble and won when in trouble as a starting quarterback, and he’s more of a Wildcat option when inserted into the game for Brees.
Without a passing touchdown last week, Hill did have two rushing touchdowns. Despite having the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year as his receiver, Hill will always be more prone to running, a fact that should allow the team to thrive against teams that are worse at running.
The Broncos have Bradley Chubb, but their interior line isn’t overly great despite having a plethora of solid outings against top-tier backs. This time, they’ll have to worry about the lightning that is Kamara, the thunder that is Murray, and the swiss army knife that is Hill.
It’ll be tough to stop the Saints’ offense, especially if you aren’t too strong in the run game.