The Saints cannot continue to count on strong defensive performance to win games
What To Expect From Offense Moving Forward
Can the Saints’ offense get back on track?
With Hill, I’m not sure they will be able to. He has not impressed at all when it comes to producing in a stable fashion in his two starts, while his rushing production has stemmed from goal-line touchdowns, rather than explosive rushes.
It is looking like Drew Brees will ready to return from his multiple injuries in Week 15, meaning that they’ll have to get by the Falcons and Eagles without him.
Unfortunately for Hill, both of these feature pass rushes that can expose his tendency to hold onto the ball way too long.
Prior to Monday night, the Eagles ranked 5th in yards/play allowed. As for the Falcons, Hill’s production against them, as mentioned, was rather fluky, and they just allowed six points to a very productive Raiders offense.
There is always a solution for the Saints; they could insert Jameis Winston under center.
The former No. 1 overall pick is coming off of a season in which he averaged 8.2 yards/attempt, a career-high. Doing so would actually give them a functional passing offense, particularly down the field, yet there isn’t any reason to believe Sean Payton will actually do that.
Thus, New Orleans will have to rely on their rushing attack for offensive production, which isn’t ideal against two top-14 rushing defenses, based on yards allowed/rushing attempt.
The strength of this team is through their wide receivers, but right now, they aren’t actually being used much; Emmanuel Sanders had just one target. When Brees comes back, much of this changes.
For now, though, they’ll be leaning on Payton’s brilliance.