The New Orleans Saints finally seemed to get back on track last Sunday with a 24-0 shutout against the Las Vegas Raiders and are closing in on .500 now at 3-5. The Saints now move on to a Monday night matchup against the 5-3 Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a 27-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In this article, I’ll dive deeper into how the Saints’ passing offense and Ravens’ passing defense have performed so far this season, as well as what we should expect from the two units facing off this week. coming.
How have these two units fared this season?
Starting on the Saints side, their passing game has been pretty much above average so far this season in most passing metrics. They rank 7th in passing yards (2,121), 6th in passing touchdowns (14), 11th in passing yards per attempt (7.5), 15th in completion percentage (64, 8%), 8th in first down passing (96), and allowed only 9th-fewest sacks of the season (15). They are tied for the 3rd most interceptions thrown on the season, after Andy Dalton threw 3 last week, including 9 on the season so far. Overall though, Dalton was effective as a quarterback and aside from that game, he was safe on the ball.
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens’ secondary has been very hit and miss this year, with their ball-peddling being the main strength. In terms of positives, they are tied for the 6th most interceptions this season (8) and have been under quite a bit of pressure on opposing QBs with a tie for the 5th most sacks this season (23 ). It’s also worth bearing in mind that before stating these stats, the Ravens saw the second most successful attempts and completions against them with 310 and 205 respectively, which is good and bad because it shows that the tally stats are somewhat of a product of volume, but so are opposing teams want to throw the ball at them. That said, the Ravens have allowed the 14th-highest completion percentage (66.1%), 3rd-most passing yards (2,134), are tied for 10th-highest yards per attempted passes allowed (6.9), are tied for 10th most passing touchdowns allowed (12) and have allowed the 2nd most successful first down (108).
What should we expect from these two units on Monday?
This is an extremely difficult part of the game to predict, as both units have been above average in some categories and below average in others. The Ravens defense was able to get pressure and force interceptions at an extremely high rate, but the Saints offensive line has been very strong lately with pass protection and ball protection (at the exception of the game against the Arizona Cardinals).
As for what we should expect you should see either a very extensive protective play call where Dalton gives the ball to Alvin Kamara the whole game or the normal play call system which can end like the game Cardinals. The involvement of Kamara and Taysom Hill takes this attack from below average to very strong, and that will have to be discussed in the locker room before the game. Also, if Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry come back, that completely changes the outlook for this game, because you have two solid short to mid road runners, which would allow Chris Olave to become more open than just Olave and the receiver core remaining. Keep an eye on the injury report as it could very well determine the outcome of this game.
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