The other night I had some free time on my hands, a rare occasion, so I decided to spend it wisely... by poring over some seriously deep Saints statistics that most fans don't have the opportunity to access. The following are some of the more interesting things I discovered about your 2013 New Orleans Saints so far this season.
Getting Things Started
- On 1st and 10, the Saints prefer to use a 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE set more than any other formation.
- On 1st and 10, the Saints have passed 57.25% of the time and run 42.75% of the time.
- On 1st and 10 in the 1st quarter this season, the Saints run only 25% of the time. In the 4th quarter, they run 68% of the time.
- The Saints have used 27 different players on defense so far this season. That ties them with Carolina for most in the league.
- But... the Saints defense has used the second fewest unique lineups this season with 55 different combos, behind only the Chiefs.
- The most often used defensive lineup for the Saints this season? Akiem Hicks - Cameron Jordan - John Jenkins - Curtis Lofton - David Hawthorne - Junior Galette - Keenan Lewis - Jabari Greer - Kenny Vaccaro - Rafael Bush - Malcolm Jenkins. For those keeping score at home, that's a nickel formation package.
- The most often used offensive lineup for Saints this season? Drew Brees - Darren Sproles - Marques Colston - Lance Moore - Kenny Stills - Jimmy Graham - Zach Strief - Charles Brown - Jahri Evans - Ben Grubbs - Brian De La Puente.
- The Saints defense has not allowed a 4th down conversion yet this season.
- The Saints lead the entire NFL in time of possession with 34:37. That's over a minute longer than the Kansas City Chiefs, who are ranked No. 2.
Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatchya Gonna Do?
- Charles Brown is the most penalized player on the Saints so far. He has four penalties, all holding.
- Offensive holding is by far the most called penalty on the Saints so far this season
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