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GMoney2600
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Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
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The streak continued for the New Orleans Saints run defense.

Sunday's 34-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the 44th consecutive game the Saints didn't allowing an opposing back to rush for over 100 yards.

The Saints held Tampa Bay's Ronald Jones to 66 yards on 17 carries.

The last running back to eclipse the century mark against the Saints was Washington's Samaje Perine, who had 117 yards in November of 2017.

"It's important to us and it's one of our main goals, to win the line of scrimmage," said linebacker Demario Davis. "That's the run game and the passing game. It's important to make teams one dimensional. Just in general, for a good defense you have to have a good run defense. With our defensive line, it makes the work of the linebackers easy."

New Orleans native Leonard Fournette, making his debut for the Bucs after playing three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, finished with 5 yards on 5 carries. The former St. Augustine and LSU standout also caught one pass for 14 yards.


RawDog7984
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
It’s honestly what i love most about this team. For years they would be so soft and susceptible to the run and teams would gash us and we couldn’t tackle or do anything. The front 7 of this defense is so big, nasty, and physical that a 5 yard run seems like 50 yards. Our defense gets way too much criticism for how good they really are. It’s a really nice feeling to know that no matter who is playing rb on the other team that they just wont do too much damage
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The last running back to eclipse the century mark against the Saints was Washington's Samaje Perine, who had 117 yards in November of 2017.

if I'm not mistaken... that was this game



TooFyeToFly
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if I'm not mistaken... that was this game



I believe so. Even though Kamara was probably already the front runner for OROY before that game, that play affirmed it for me.


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SirWinston
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
Lofty streak, fellow who dats!


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saintsfan92612
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
In case anyone was curious about where this stands all-time:

53 games - Philadelphia Eagles - Ended in 1992 (Cowboys - Emmitt Smith)
51 games - Los Angeles Rams - Ended in 1968 (49ers - Ken Willard)
46 games - Baltimore Ravens - Ended in 2001 (Bengals - Corey Dillon)
45 games - Baltimore Colts - Ended in 1972 (Chargers - Mike Garrett)
45 games - St. Louis Cardinals - Ended in 1969 (Saints - Tony Baker)
44 games - New Orleans Saints - Active


Chalkywhite84
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Stopped the run great.
We need someone on the opposite side of cam.
Hendrickson is fine as a 3rd end and actually had a sack and a couple pressures.
Davenport is always hurt.


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It feels good to have a good defense again.

We had quite a defense back in the day with Swilling and Co. First playoff teams we had were based on the Dome Patrol taking over games.

All those years where SP just couldnt figure out defense - the year he hired Nolan and we loaded up on linebackers it seemed like SP finally turned the corner with defensive squads. We picked up Teo as a backup, when back in the day we would’ve overpaid Teo and hope he saved our whole defense!


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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
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45 games - St. Louis Cardinals - Ended in 1969 (Saints - Tony Baker)


That was that 51-42 game. The first Saints win that I ever saw. Kilmer and Charley Johnson combined for 12 TD passes in that game.


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Jugular Joe
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Gonna have a great test with the Raiders and Jacobs.


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Thank god SP snapped out his loyalty to Joe Vitt, Bill Johnson etc. As soon as he let those bums go in 2017 the defense became respectable.


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This cannot be said enough!


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fatheadgator
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
This is an awesome stat and I’m really scared to share it bc i might jinx it!

But damned impressive


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cfish140
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
Seems like the national media is just now starting to talk about it. Always blew my mind about how nobody was talking about this last year. Its damned impressive


Weekend Warrior79
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
It was mentioned a few times, but you are correct in that it definitely did not get the attention it deserved. I would also expect them to discuss it a lot more considering some of the backs coming up; Jacobs, A Jones, McCaffrey, AP, Ekeler, Gordon, Mostet, Gurley, Fournette/R Jones (again)

That is a solid group, even if some are only name recognition at this point


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wasteland
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
It shows how we don’t give up big running plays


bonethug0180
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
I think it was some point last year I looked to see what the biggest runs we gave up were and we rarely give up more than 8 on any given run iirc.

The difference between the number of runs of 8 or less vs. 9 or more was pretty substantial.


GMoney2600
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Found a pretty good D-Line article... LINK

Cam Jordan tried to tell you.

A couple of weeks ago, he thinks, sometime around the first or second week the New Orleans Saints reported to training camp. He saw it then, the potential of the defensive line unit to be a wrecking crew once the season comes around. Jordan called his shot then, so Sunday’s performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should not have come as a surprise.

“I like us,” Jordan said. “... The way our d-line is growing, we could be special, and I’m going to encourage us to keep on growing.”

The Saints have invested heavily in their defensive front. Jordan, Davenport and Sheldon Rankins were first round picks, David Onyemata signed a lucrative extension this offseason and 2019 free agent addition Malcom Brown fills a crucial role as a run-game disruptor. They have also nurtured young talent, allowing Hendrickson and Granderson room to grow and outlets for undrafted players like Malcolm Roach and Shy Tuttle to prove themselves.

“As a group, we are rolling,” Hendrickson said. “It's a special room. So, I am excited for this season and to get after it."

The Saints were without Davenport in that Week 1 matchup against Tampa Bay. No worries. Hendrickson and Granderson rotated in opposite Jordan and embarrassed Buccaneers tackle Donovan Smith, combining for a pair of sacks and a forced fumble while also forcing Tom Brady into an intentional grounding penalty.

Hendrickson, in particular, enjoyed a fine day while playing 56% of the defensive snaps. Part of the Saints’ ballyhooed 2017 draft class, Hendrickson emerged last season while playing an integral role in the Saints’ defensive line rotation, and Jordan thinks there’s still more to tap into.

“Trey’s really come on strong the last two years,” Jordan said. “Now he came out in this game and had a heck of a game. It’s great for him to get some of the recognition that he so rightfully deserves, and he’s still got a lot more in his bag.”

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he thinks the Saints’ defense might be “unheralded, unnoticed” by the casual NFL observer because it has long existed in the long shadow cast by the consistently prolific Saints offense.

But when he checks the tape, Gruden sees a unit that is strong in all three levels and “can physically take it to you,” and where else to begin but the defensive front that controlled the line of scrimmage against Tampa Bay.

“When you start with Cam Jordan, you realize you’re dealing with one of the best defensive linemen in football; he can run over tight ends, he’s hard to block in the running game,” Gruden said. “I really like the return of (defensive tackle Sheldon) Rankins; he’s a problem. They’ve got problems inside and out.

“Granderson’s on the rise, no question, he’s bigger and stronger, he’s got it together. Davenport comes back, and they’ve got an array of rushers.”

And that’s just the defensive line. Gruden also made sure to mention the player who picked up the Saints’ third sack of the opener, the one who bowled over running back LeSean McCoy to take down Brady.

“The guy that really stirs the drink is 56, Demario Davis,” Gruden said. “He is as good a blitzing linebacker as I have seen. He is pelting running backs. This guy is an outstanding collision player, man.”

Under the radar though they may have been, the Saints have consistently finished among the NFL’s leaders in sacks during defensive coordinator Dennis Allen’s tenure.

Since the start of the 2017 season, only the Pittsburgh Steelers (165) have recorded more sacks than the Saints (145). Their 51 sacks last season ranked third in the NFL and represented the most sacks by a Saints team since the 2001 season.

In that same timeframe, the Saints have allowed the NFL’s second fewest yards rushing per game (94.2).

“When you have guys humming, it’s that much more easy to try and encourage and say, hey, this is the standard now,” Jordan said. “Let’s see if we can’t elevate our play.”


suavecito80
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
It moved..


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Eman5805
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re: Saints' streak of holding running backs to less than 100 yards now at 44 games
No one in the big networks is going to talk about it until we lose.


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