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Saints have best scoring defense in the NFL since Week 10

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The New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night, 12-9. It was New Orleans’ first win when scoring 12 or fewer points since 1998 and since week 10, the Saints’s defense is allowing just 12.3 points per game.

Over that span, they gave up seven points to the Philadelphia Eagles, 17 points to the Atlanta Falcons, 13 points to the Dallas Cowboys and 14 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before tonight’s game. The Saints are 4-1 over that span and 12-2 on the season.

New Orleans has the best record in the NFL, and lead the 11-3 Los Angles Rams by one game for the NFC’s top seed. In week eight, the Saint beat the Rams 45-35, so they’d have to lose both their games final two home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Panthers again, and the Rams would have to the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

A stout defense and a dynamic running game with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara has lessened Drew Brees’ load over the last two seasons. Defensive end Cameron Jordan has been terrorizing opposing quarterbacks in New Orleans since 2011 and has 12 sacks on the season, but a couple of younger additions have transformed New Orleans’ defense over the last few years.

In 2016, they took Sheldon Rankins, a defensive tackle from Louisville 12th overall, and in 2017 the took cornerback Marshon Lattimore 11th overall and safety Marcus Williams in the second. Rankins has eight sacks this year, and over the last two seasons, Lattimore and Williams have combined for 13 total interceptions.

Last year the Saints lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the playoffs, this year they hope to get Brees his second career Super Bowl win.