It's going to happen. And despite all of the talk, it isn't about our defense improving.
Don't get me wrong, I think the D can, and will, improve. We've held opponents to 25 PPG since week 2 after giving up 40 and 35 the first two games. We've only given up over 28 ONCE since then, and that is including 5 games against top 10 scoring offenses. I think that number will continue to go down as Spags continues to understand how to use our personnel, Vitt's presence is felt, and our young contributors gain experience.
That said, the key to our run is the the offense getting back to last year's numbers, not the D. The O averaged over 34 points per game last year. We are only putting up 27.7 this year. If the O can get closer to last year's numbers, I really think we'll get to 10-6.
Interestingly, last year, through the first 10 games the O was averaging 31 PPG, had scored 31 points three times, only hitting 40 in one of those games.
In the last six games, however, the O averaged 39 PPG, scored 31 FIVE times and got over 40 FOUR times.
In 2010, the progress on O was even more drastic. The Saints O averaged less than 21 PPG through 8 games and shockingly only scored over 25 points ONCE.
The Saints then reeled off FIVE straight wins, hitting at least 30 in every one of those games, averaging over 32 PPG in that stretch.
This O is going to improve down the stretch again, especially now that Vitt gives us real stability at HC.
After being completely and painfully one dimensional for the first part of the season, the running game is finally coming alive. This is the key to getting our offense back to the truly elite level we've been used to seeing the past several years.
Once our O fully hits it's stride, if the D can improve AT ALL, I truly think we will go 6-1 down the stretch and may very well not lose another game.
So sit back and enjoy what is going to be a wild finish to a crazy year.
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This post was edited on 11/15 at 8:30 am