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A look at the 2019: New Orleans Saints

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Published on Apr 10, 2020

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We offer a review of the season 2019 of the thirty-two teams in the NFL, expectations, results, future. Today is the turn of the New Orleans Saints.

The Championship of the NFC, lost to the additional against the Rams with a trail of controversy almost infinite, has cried out for revenge since that final whistle in the house Saints. And New Orleans was in the starting blocks to try to return immediately to the final act of the Conference, to win and win a ticket to the Super Bowl in Miami. The requirements were there, even with a calendar, which seem complicated, and a division of the highest quality as the NFC South the past few years. The assumptions, however, were all in the rule to confirm the 13-3, 2018, and write a word different end on the season, with the following playoffs.

And, in fact, the 13-3 was incredibly confirmed, but the good intentions were destroyed by a Wild-Card Game resoundingly disappointing against the “usual” Vikings. Little to say about an extraordinary regular season, in which a pair of faded performance against the Rams and Falcons, in addition to the defeat head-to-head until the last drive against the wild Niners – have paid more and more exciting performance. The band Sean Payton, however, has had the misfortune to find yourself at the top of the NFC with the 49ers and Packers, but they have exploited the best record in head-to-head and Conference to book a spot in the Divisional Round. And New Orleans is melted against Minnesota, which already two years ago, had interrupted the dream of Drew Brees and his team mates in a crazy Divisional. Three-quarters disastrous against a wild Dalvin Cook have given way to an exciting comeback in the fourth, but in overtime Kirk Cousins has broken the dreams of glory of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph.

The game against the Vikings ends almost in toto in the paragraph that follows, while in the fantastic regular season of the Saints from the positive aspects just are not missed. Drew Brees has racked up the usual numbers from the phenomenon, concentrated, however, in the 11 games following an injury to the thumb: 2.979 passing yards with a 74.3% at the launch, 27 touchdown passes and just 4 interceptions, good for a phenomenal passer rating of 116.3. Even when Brees is not in the field, however, New Orleans has been able to count on the excellent contribution of a Teddy Bridgewater reborn from backup: 228.3 passing yards per game in the six game from starter, 9 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. Compared, instead, the yield on Alvin Kamara compared to the first two seasons in the NFL, but the backfield is composed together with the good Latavius Murray and the eclectic Taysom Hill has the product key numbers. Remaining in the phenomenal attack, only applause for the numbers collected by Michael Thomas, which earned him the title of Offensive Player of the Year: not only the record in the history of the NFL for 149 receptions, but also 1.725 yards and 9 touchdowns. Behind her is a second wide receiver of the highest level, but Jared Cook has made the phenomenon in the role of tight-end: 705 receiving yards and, most importantly, well 9 touchdowns and 15 played by over 20 yards. Excellent performance from the offensive line, which has conceded just 25 sacks, and its contribution to the well-373.9 yards per game, the Saints.

Switching to defense, New Orleans has made sparks against racing opponents, granting the misery of 91.3 rushing yards per game and 12 touchdowns in all. To give the show it was mostly a monstrous Cameron Jordan, 53 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and 3 passes deflected. Between the linebacker, instead, to drive the department has been Demario Davis, exceptional with 111 tackles, 4 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 12 passes deflected. Although the defense against the passing game has not been equally powerful, deserves a note on the vintage of Vonn Bell: he has 89 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 5 passes deflected, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 fumble recovered in all. To underline, finally, the factor Will Lutz: the kicker was among the better performing in the NFL with 32 field goal, scored on a 36-tempted and 48/49 in the extra point, and it's never wrong when he kicked from under 40 yards.

Some crunch here and there in many of the certainties of the house of Saints has been felt. Kamara has racked up 797 rushing yards and 533 receiving yards, for a total of the 1,330 yards and 6 touchdowns. Although they remain numbers, and the step back compared to 1.592 of the regular season earlier, with 18 touchdown passes in all, you are made to feel. As I said, Brees has suffered from the absence of an alternative from among the wide receiver behind Thomas, but New Orleans in this sense, it is to move with intelligence in place of free agency. Hard to move other points on the exceptional regular season all of the attack, while the defense has disappointed against the quarterback opponents.

The Saints have finished under the average NFL with 241.8 passing yards granted to the media, for another season, 27 touchdown passes and just 13 interceptions made off. Fortunately, the well 51 sacks collected have helped and not just to reduce the passer rating of quarterback addressed. The feeling is that the secondary was in need of reinforcements at the side of the talent of Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams, but, even in this sense, the Saints have responded with wisdom in the early moves completed in the offseason. Many of the most critical you can move to analyzing the Wild Card Game that took the season to the men of Payton. The performance in the first place Brees (26/33 for 208 yards with 1 TD pass, 1 INT and 1 fumble) was not up to scratch, but apart from the inspiration of Hill, nobody has convinced an attack under pace. And the defense, while not conceding much to Cousins, disappeared in the drive that decided the game in the extra.

Again this is another painful defeat in the playoffs, and, in front of the Saints, there will be so many golden opportunities you can take advantage of. The renewal of Brees for the next two seasons led to the escape of Bridgewater to the Panthers and New Orleans gave its quarterback a new exceptional weapon in Emmanuel Sanders, it has to fit ideal in the attack of Payton. By the Eagles, instead, landed Malcolm Jenkins who, together with the eponymous Janoris – arrived at the end of the season from the Giants – will be able to strengthen a secondary with some lack in terms of experience. The departure of a Tedd Ginn in a substantial decline will not weigh, while Eli Apple and Vonn Bell, who signed respectively for the Raiders, and Bengals, they could create any regrets in the future. On the whole, however, the moves of the Saints before the Draft were targeted and well-aimed. Time is running out, but New Orleans once again will be the starting blocks for your favorite to fly to the next Super Bowl.

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