2. Pass rushing presence
The Saints’ pass rush has been very hit or miss this year. As we know, if defenses can’t get after the quarterback, they’re not setting their defense up to succeed. A lack of pass rush makes it harder for the secondary to do their part in slowing down the passing game.
While the two sacks on Josh Allen don’t seem all that high, the sacks came in crucial times. One was on a first-half drive where it looked as though the Bills would surely add another touchdown to the one they already had on the board.
Fortunately, Kaden Elliss stormed through the offensive line and sacked Allen on third down, forcing Buffalo to kick a field goal instead of going for the touchdown. That field goal made it a 10-0 game rather than a 14-0 game and with how poorly this Saints offense has looked, a 14-0 deficit feels more like 30-0.
The other sack was by Carl Granderson and the fun fact with that sack was that it resulted in a Wyoming alum sacking another Wyoming alum. Bet that doesn’t happen much in the NFL.
If the Saints want to win any games down the stretch, their pass rush has to be on point. They have to make up for the offense’s struggles and a prominent pass rush would help close the gap.