New Orleans Saints are poised to finish strong in 2017
During this NFL season, several teams have strung together surprising performances and the New Orleans Saints are one of them.
Drew Brees has only been sacked eight times in 2017 and he’s distributed the ball to several options.
Running back Alvin Kamara has over 650 all-purpose yards and averages 6 yards a carry. Ohio State products Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. each have nine catches for 20 yards or more. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram has 541 rushing yards on the year and is third on the team in receptions (31).
The New Orleans Saints have won six straight games and their defense has been stellar. The Saints D, on average, have only surrendered 15 per game during their winning streak. If we exclude the Lions game, the Saints D has allowed 10.4 points per game during their winning streak.
New Orleans has been a very opportunistic bunch in 2017. They’ve forced 10 fumbles, created 9 interceptions and have 23 sacks on the season.
Cameron Jordan leads the team in sacks with 7. Safety Kenny Vaccaro has been lethal by getting 3 picks and he leads the Saints in solo tackles with 30. Defensive end Alex Okafor has 3.5 sacks under his belt. Along with Hau’oli Kikaha, who has 3 sacks in his third season out of Washington.
The Saints are not out of the woods. They still have to play the Rams, Redskins, Falcons (twice), Panthers and Bills. However, with the Saints protecting Brees and punishing opposing offenses there’s definitely a good chance they take the cake and win most of their remaining.
I think the Saints will capture another NFC South crown, especially since Tampa Bay won’t have Jameis Winston for at least the next couple of weeks and Carolina hasn’t been consistent with Cam Newton running their offense. Atlanta looks lost with Steve Sarkisian as their offensive coordinator and doesn’t appear able to pull themselves up off the mat.
The New Orleans Saints can beat any opponent with the way they’re playing and if they can get more wins when Brees isn’t at his best, then the sky’s the limit.