(10/20/14) The Saints defense mostly held up their end of the bargain Sunday, but fell apart late in a 24-23 loss to the Lions in Week 7.
The Lions had just 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, as the Saints looked to be on their way to an easy win. Unfortunately, they surrendered two quick touchdowns to cost them the game.
The Saints did limit the Lions to just 344 yards of total offense in the game, including a paltry 59 yards on the ground. They forced a pair of turnovers and sacked Matthew Stafford three times in the loss.
The Saints DST unit still managed to score 9 Fantasy points in Sunday's game, their second-highest total of the season. They will likely struggle to reach even that level in Week 8, with the Packers on the schedule.
Saints DST continues to struggle
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/14) The Saints DST had another poor showing in what seemed like a decent matchup Week 5 against Tampa Bay, giving up 31 points on 314 yards.
Once again, a lack of big plays was to blame. The Saints did get a safety midway through the fourth quarter, but otherwise had just one sack and one interception. The interception was their first of the year. Only once have they had more than one sack in a game.
The Saints are on bye in Week 6 and come back to face the Lions in Detroit in Week 7. Clearly, their DST belongs on the waiver wire right now.
Mark Ingram, Jairus Byrd among Saints inactives Week 5
(9/30/14) The Saints continued to struggle defensively Week 4 at Dallas, allowing 38 points on 445 yards. They recorded one sack but didn't force any turnovers and haven't had one since a fumble recovery Week 1 at Atlanta.
The Saints DST was at least respectable against the Vikings in Week 3, giving it some hope of rebounding against Tampa Bay in Week 5. The Buccaneers have had similar ups and downs to the Vikings this year, ranking 30th in total offense.
Jamey Eisenberg actually goes as far as to call the Saints DST an advisable start in Week 5, ranking it 11th at the position. I'm not as willing to stick my neck out for it given the way it performed in three of its first four games, but in leagues with 16 teams or more, I could see taking a shot on the struggling DST.
John Jenkins skips the trip to Dallas
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/14) Saints defensive tackle John Jenkinsdid not make the trip with the team to Dallas and will likely be a healthy scratch for Week 4, Pro Football Talk reports. Jenkins underwent pectoral surgery in the offseason but is relatively healthy. He's been limited to only one game this season.
The Saints have not provided a reason for his absence.
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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.