The Super Bowl defending champions came into this year with some high expectations. They returned most of last year’s team and expect to compete for another championship. It hasn’t been much of a surprise to see the team start 2-0, but the way they’ve gotten to 2-0 has been a bit different then expected.
The Saints have started the year with two tough wins at home against the Vikings and on the road against the 49ers.. Despite both of those teams starting 0-2, they were both projected to win their respective division by most experts. While their offense hasn’t blown up so far, their defense continues to force turnovers at a record pace much like last year. I think it’s only a matter of time before the offense lights up the scoreboard and electrifies the way they did last year. I’m also really encouraged with the play of Brees. After having an MVP-type season, through two games he shows no signs of slowing down and continues to show top-notch leadership. By proving their championship mettle early on, the Saints have shown that they have the team necessary to repeat.
Currently New Orleans ranks 21st in total offense averaging less then 300 yards a game. They also sit 15th in average points scored, which is a huge difference then last year when they were running everyone out of the stadium. The really weak point so far as been when New Orleans tries to run the ball. Ranking 31st and averaging only 64 yards a game is not going to cut it. They’ve yet to have a 100 yard rusher and their rushing attack is down about 50% compared to last year’s 130+ rushing yards a game average. Now that Bush their rushing numbers could drop even more. To make things even worse they’ve got to play their toughest division rival next week when the Falcons come to town.
One could also argue that their wins have come against two overrated teams. The Vikings and 49ers are both 0-2 after most people expected them to compete for their division championship. The Niners gift wrapped the game with 4 turnovers and a safety. Both games the Saints barely pulled out a victory and could easily be 0-2 right now. One thing for sure is the offense has to get grooving and they’ve got to start running the ball better.
In Week 2 the Saints lost their most dynamic player Reggie Bush. A lot has been said from people in the Saints organization that their offense revolves around Bush and his ability to create match up problems. Now the Saints will have to try and run a somewhat staggering offense without their most dynamic weapon.
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