(11/25/14) The Saints DST unit's struggles continued in Week 12, as they fell to the Ravens, 34-27.
The Saints allowed the Ravens to rack up 449 yards of total offense, and could have been in for an even worse night, if the Ravens hadn't failed to score on two of their four trips to the red zone. The Ravens still managed to drop 34 points on them, though one score came on an interception return by the Ravens defense.
The Saints forced one turnover in the game, and ended up with just 3 Fantasy points, their second game in a row with that total. The Saints have failed to reach double figures in each of their last three games, a streak that could continue in Week 13 against the Steelers.
Saints can't slow down slumping Bengals
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/14) The Saints DST unit fell apart in Week 11's 27-10 loss to the Bengals at home Sunday.
The Bengals offense had one of their best games in weeks against the Saints, racking up 405 yards of total offense in the game. The Saints failed to record a single turnover, and sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton just once in the loss.
The Saints defense has had moments of greatness this season, and were averaging 11.8 Fantasy points in their previous four games, so hopefully this is just a bump in the road. Their next game is set for Week 12 against the Ravens.
Saints FS Rafael Bush suffers fractured tibia Week 11
Bush was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with the injury. He wouldn't reveal if his injury would keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. He has 55 total tackles and three defended passes.
Saints FS Rafael Bush carted off with apparent left injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/14) Saints free safety Rafael Bush was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Bengals in Week 11. Bush sustained the injury in the fourth quarter and was taken back to the locker room for further testing. He was unable to return to the game, finishing with five total tackles.
Saints RT Zach Strief exits Week 11 with possible concussion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/14) Saints right tackle Zach Striefwas forced out of Sunday's game against the Bengals in Week 11 with a possible concussion. He was escorted back to the locker room by team trainers for an evaluation. His return will likely depend on the results of his exam.
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The Saints defense beat expectations last season, transforming into a stellar 3-4 scheme unit without a dominant pass rush. They finished ranked 19th against the run and second-best against the pass. Yet they spent money and draft picks on improving the secondary by adding safety Jairus Byrd, giving the team one of the best safety tandems in football. They also added veteran Champ Bailey to add experience and depth to the secondary, something that should help second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste out a bunch. Chances are they'll improve their front seven a little bit, making the unit look awfully appealing. The Saints DST finished as a Top 10 unit last season and our bet is that they finish near there again. Even though their season starts at Atlanta, they're worth a pick within the final two rounds of drafts.