2. The defense came up with stops time-and-time again
You can’t fault the defense for the loss Sunday.
If you take away the pick-six, the Saints would’ve scored a grand total of 27 points. Keep in mind this is a Saints team that finished third in points in the league last season.
The defense gave up its fair share of big plays, but overall they held strong. They were put in bad positions several times and forced field goals. They were able to get off the field more times than not and were flying to the ball when they were on the field.
There’s a lot to like about this defense moving forward in all levels of the unit and we’re going to continue to see more of that explosiveness, in my opinion.