The Saints have clinched a playoff spot, and they’ve been able to win these last three weeks by transforming into a defensive-minded, run-heavy style.
It’s actually been nine in a row for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have been able to transform their offensive style, and like when Drew Brees went down last season, their defense has also stepped up.
Let’s start with their offense.
The Saints rank seventh in the league in rushing yards per game. But, over the last three games, two of which Taysom Hill has started, they’ve been third in the league. They, again, in Week 13 they went for over 150 yards on the ground.
Their offense has transitioned into one heavy in the pass which was led by future first-ballot Hall of Famer Drew Brees to heavy in run led by third-year Swiff Army knife Taysom Hill.
While pass-catching running back Alvin Kamara had some issues to start Hill’s time as a starter, he went for over 80 yards on the ground with a touchdown against the Falcons, proving he can still do well with Hill as the helm.
Despite scoring just 21 points, everything looks to be clicking for the offense as Hill sets in to be the starter until Brees is ready to return which could be next week or could be two or three weeks from now.
The Saints have allowed 44 points in the last five games, and that is just insane. They’ve been able to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at bay. In two meetings with the Falcons, they’ve allowed just 12.5 points per game.
Trey Hendrickson, who wasn’t even projected to be a starter throughout the offseason, is in the top ten in sacks. Cameron Jordan, Demario Davis, Marshon Lattimore, and others have helped captain an aggressive and dominant defense.
The defense is stepping up and making timely plays while the offense is learning to thrive under their new leader. While things will change and return to normal, the culture that this team has shown through their ability to adapt is something that won’t change.
Hopefully, it will continue and then turn into postseason success for the Saints as they’ll most likely win their division with ease.