Today, we’re giving our Team of the Month award to the Saints.
It’s an honor that has been bestowed on the team in recent years, and we know they’ll be looking to bounce back with another big win on Sunday.
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The New Orleans Saints are the most decorated team in the NFL, but they’ve been playing at a low level for some time.
That trend is about to change, as the Saints have the best defense in the league and will try to keep the NFC South title contender in the hunt for a playoff berth.
With the exception of a Week 4 loss to the Falcons, the Saints are currently ranked sixth in points scored per game (24.5), fourth in points allowed per game (.216), third in points per drive (7.3) and fourth in opponent rushing yards per game of 6.6.
The Saints are averaging 5.7 yards per carry and have scored at least 24 points in each of their last three games.
They also lead the league in field goal percentage (38.8%), passing yards per attempt (6.9), field goal attempts per game and yards per pass attempt (8.7).
They’re one of just four teams in the entire NFL to rank in the top five in both rushing yards (2,928) and scoring offense (18.3).
The Saints defense has held opponents to just 13 points in their last five games.
The Falcons have had their issues, too.
Atlanta has dropped five of its last six games.
The Falcons are averaging just 7.6 yards per play in those games, but the team has held the opposing team to 3.5 yards per drive.
Atlanta is also allowing a league-worst 38.8 rushing yards, which is fourth-worst in the NFC.
The team is allowing more than 20 points per game in four of its past five games, including four consecutive games against the Falcons.
The Carolina Panthers have been playing well lately, and that should continue as the team prepares for the rematch of the Super Bowl, but it’s not a good look for the Panthers to keep up with the Saints on Sunday, and it’s certainly not the time to get too excited.