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Deke Bellavia

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Deke: Saints offense doing all the right things in five wins

New Orleans has won five of their last six games, and the numbers show that the Saints are playing well in those five wins.  Just think how the Saints were once 0-4, and now the Black and Gold are back in the hunt with a 5-5 overall record.

So let’s break down the numbers in the Saints' five wins this season:  The Saints offense has been balanced, done a pretty good job of protecting the football, and the bottom line is they have won five of their last six games.  The Saints have gained 2,055 yards in their five wins this season, 1,480 yards passing and 575 rushing.  

The Black and Gold have also been one of the best teams in the league when it comes to converting on third down.  In five wins this season, the Saints have converted on 35 of 61 third down attempts for an average of 57.3% percent per game.  

One of the biggest things that has helped the Saints get back into the playoff hunt is the way they have been rushing the football.  The Saints have rushed for a total of 575 yards in their five wins this season.  New Orleans has really turned up the heat on their ground game as the Saints have rushed for over 140 yards in each of their last three games.  The Saints gashed the Eagles for 140 yards, they burned the birds from Atlanta by rushing for 148 yards and last week was the best as the Black and Gold gained 153 yards rushing in their 38-17 win over Oakland.

''Having balance is something we always strive to do,'' said Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt.  The Saints have had tremendous balance in their five wins this season, rushing the ball on average 25.8 times per game for 115 yards.  That is an average of 4.5 yards per rush.

New Orleans has averaged 33.8 passing attempts per game in their five wins, with an average of 411 passing yards per game.  But the one main thing that has led to the Saints getting back to five hundred has been ball security.

The Saints are +2 in their five wins.  In fact, the Saints have finished even or on the plus side of the turnover margin in four of their five wins this season.  They were +1 against the Chargers, -1 versus Tampa, and even in wins against Philadelphia and Atlanta.  Last week the Saints were +2 in the turnover department.

And it should be noted that big defensive plays made in the Philly, Atlanta and Oakland games have been big sparks to the team which actually helped change momentum and led to a Saints win in each of those games.

So now the Saints are back within striking distance with two games left in the month of November.  New Orleans could finish the month of November with a 7-5 overall record.  The Saints have won 14 straight games in the month of November, and if that streak holds true, the Black and Gold will not only be back in the thick of the playoff race...they will be the team that no one wants to play!  



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11/21/2012 1:19PM
Deke: Saints offense doing all the right things in five wins
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11/21/2012 10:46PM
It doesn't mattter
At some point a defense, maybe the 49ers will limit the offensive scoring. Our defense cannot do the same.
11/22/2012 2:39PM
You forgot our defense at Tampa Bay
It was the defense --- and Malcolm Jenkins' play was the catalyst --- that finally showed up to play at Tampa Bay. That tackle at the one and the subsequent goal line stand was an inspiration TO THE ENTIRE TEAM --- as well as all of us fans. I hope the improvement continues. I still hate the 49er's from the days before Joe Montana. I remember all the grief they caused our Saints and us fans. Would really LOVE to see them sent back to the bay with another in the "L" column. Geaux Saints! . . . and GIVE 'EM HELL CHRIS IVORY!
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