Number Three: Defensive Injuries
Somehow, someway the New Orleans Saints defense has proven to be the best in the entire NFL despite overcoming several steps of adversity along the way.
The Saints started the season without Marcus Davenport, their young athletic defensive end, and were actively pursuing Jadeveon Clowney in free agency. In hindsight, not signing Clowney was a great decision due to Trey Hendrickson stepping up in a huge way.
Several other stars on the defense have been forced to miss time including Sheldon Rankins, Marshon Lattimore, and Janoris Jenkins. Guys like Patrick Robinson, Shy Tuttle, and PJ Williams have stepped up to help ensure the team doesn’t miss a beat in defensive coverage.
Throughout the season defensive starters have been missing in the majority of games, but the perseverance and depth of the Saints have kept their season alive and have helped them prove that even their weakest positions are still better than other team’s starters.