Deuce: Saints defense is playing outstanding

WWL Newsroom
October 14, 2019 - 10:57 am
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By: Jordan Fiegel

Another week, another win for the New Orleans Saints, who improved to 5-1 with their victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 5-1 record mirrors their record through six games last year.  However, WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister pointed out how differently those wins have happened.

"Last year, the offense was playing outstanding; and you were beating teams with 30 or 40 points," Deuce explained.  "This year, your defense is playing outstanding.  They’re holding teams under 245 yards.  This team has played really, really well."

One of the key players for the Saints defense was Cam Jordan, who brought down Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew twice.  The first shut down any chance of a Jacksonville drive before halftime, and the second came on a crucial third down deep in Saints territory.  That stop forced a field goal.

"Cam was able to get to the quarterback, going up against a rookie offensive tackle," Detillier said.  "You go back and look at it, the Saints sent pressure.  Jacksonville did a pretty good job blocking them; but, eventually, Cam was able to get home."

On the other side of the ball, one of the key players for the Saints was running back Latavius Murray, who accounted for 79 total yards (at 7.2 yards per touch), second only to wide receiver Michael Thomas.

"I’m really proud of him," Deuce said.  "To have that opportunity to go out and perform the way he did, it just shows that he’s capable of being a contributor to this team.  Latavius played a big role for the Saints against Jacksonville, and he’s capable of having an even bigger role."

The Saints rushed just eight times in the first half but committed more to it in the second half, running the ball 18 times.  Most importantly, nursing the 7 point lead with 6:10 left in the game, the Saints ran the ball on five out of seven plays to close out the win.

"That’s being able to close out a game," Deuce said. He wasn’t entirely happy, though.  "At the end of the day, the Saints only had 65 offensive plays.  They need to get a little more efficient in the red zone, and they have to be a little bit better at converting on third downs."

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