Week 6 taught us a good bit about the New Orleans Saints, as Sean Payton’s squad was able to improve to 3-2 on the young 2017 season after defeating the Detroit Lions 52-38. The black and gold nearly squandered away their 45-10 lead, but were able to finish the game how they started: with a defensive touchdown.
The Saints had three total defensive touchdowns (Kenny Vaccaro, Marshon Lattimore, Cam Jordan), which was a franchise record and first. What may be most impressive is that the team’s 52-point outing came with quarterback Drew Brees throwing for less than 200 yards. There were plenty of moments that stood out on the day, like Alvin Kamara showing his hops and the great individual effort by Ted Ginn Jr. to score a touchdown.
It’s the second time in just three seasons that the Saints have put up 52 points as a team, with the other game being the exciting battle against the New York Giants in 2015, in which the Saints won 52-49. Of course, the team’s highest point total came in 2011 when they embarrassed the Indianapolis Colts 62-7 in what’s tied for 12th-highest points scored by one team in NFL History.