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New Orleans Saints Season Recap

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To begin the season, analysts predicted that the Saints would finish the season 9-7 primarily because of how unsuccessful they were in the beginning of the season every year. To the surprise of many, the Saints ended their season as one of the highest ranked teams in the entire NFL. Finishing 11-5, the Saints shocked everyone with the “Boom and Zoom” and one of the best passing games in the league. The Saints finished top 10 in all team categories; passing yards, rushing yards, points for, and points against. With an average of 261.8 yards per game, the Saints ranked 5th overall out of the entire NFL. The reason why the Saints weren’t the number one passing game was because of the new back field they acquired with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Both had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season and pulled the rushing yards rank all the way up to 5th place. Averaging 28.0 points per game, the final rank of points per game for the Saints was 4th, but that’s not the only impact that got them the wins. Last year, the Saints had the second to worst rank in defense at 31st, but made a monumental turn in the 2017-2018 season as they finished 10th by allowing only 20.4 points per game.

In fact, near the end of the season, the Saints were favored in being a contender in Super Bowl LII. However, their powering run was halted as the Minnesota Vikings won on a last second play. With eight seconds left, Case Keenum threw a pass to Stefon Diggs to score the winning touchdown as time ran out. Although the Saints didn’t end up in Super Bowl LII, the season was still phenomenal and definitely a step in the right direction. Not only did they finally break the 7-9 Curse, they also proved their strength and ability to beat any team. With a rookie defense and rookie runningback, the only direction from here is up as each gain more experience and practice. The rookies Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara are up for Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. Marson Lattimore, a rookie out of Ohio State University, has not allowed a single touchdown, has five interceptions, one of which he scored on, and has only allowed 85 yards total through the year. Keep in mind, this is a rookie going against elite wide receivers like Julio Jones. Alvin Kamara, the “Zoom” of the “Boom and Zoom” duo and third round draft pick out of Tennessee, totaled 1,554 yards in receiving and rushing, as well as 13 touchdowns. He averaged 6.1 yards/carry and 10.2 yards/reception.

With a relatively successful season, the Saints look to enter the 2018-2019 year and get to the Super Bowl for the second time in team history.

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New Orleans Saints Season Recap