Wash, Rinse, Repeat For The Saints Offense?
The New Orleans offense has been one of the best over the last decade, and 2018 was no different. 2019 will likely not be any different either, barring a major injury on the offensive side. The Saints scored over 30 per game and had a very balanced rushing and passing attack. Brees had over 30 touchdowns and just fell short of 4,000 passing yards. This just shows the balance given Brees was always a lock for 4,500+. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were one of the best duos in the backfield, combining for 20 total touchdowns. With a similar core on the way back, despite Ingram, they will have a loaded offense to produce on a weekly basis.
Will The Pass Defense Get Better?
The pass defense struggled a bit, despite having Marshon Lattimore taking away one side of the field. They allowed 8.1 yards per attempt, and only had 12 interceptions. In games that are going to be potential shootouts, they will need to have a better secondary to take away some of the better offenses in the NFC. The Saints should be able to put together a better secondary this year with the youth developing. Otherwise we could be looking at more home run games between the Saints and their opponents. Any sort of injury in the secondary would put the Saints a peg below the rest of the NFC elite teams.
Can New Orleans Pass Rush Produce Another Strong Season?
The Saints had 49 sacks last season, and averaged 2.8 per game which was good for 7th in the league. The pass rush was one of the best in the business, and given they haven't lost any names, it should be the case again this season. Cameron Jordan has turned into one of the best defensive lineman in the league. They also have a strong set of linebackers and Sheldon Rankins in the middle of the line. The Saints pass rush should have no problem at all getting to the quarterback. This would also help out a secondary that struggled at times last season.