Monday, October 22, 2012
Saints still have NFL's worst defense
By Pat Yasinskas
The New Orleans Saints won a game Sunday, but they still have the league’s worst defense.
According to numbers released by the NFL on Monday morning, the Saints remain No. 32 in total defense. They’re No. 31 against the run and No. 30 against the pass.
Tampa Bay, the team the Saints defeated Sunday, isn’t faring much better. The Bucs are No. 25 in total defense (third against the run, but 31st against the pass).
The Carolina Panthers are No. 21 overall (19th against the run and 19th against the pass). The undefeated Atlanta Falcons are No. 22 (28th against the run and 11th against the pass).
On the flip side, the Saints have the NFC South’s top-ranked offense. The Saints are No. 4 overall and No. 1 in passing. But they’re No. 32 in rushing offense.
Atlanta is No. 13 in total offense (29th in rushing and 8th in passing). Tampa Bay is No. 20 overall (tied for 17th in rushing and 15th in passing).
Carolina is 24th in total offense (13th rushing and No. 23 in passing).