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Numbers to Know: Saints vs. Rams

New Orleans is looking to win their first TNF game since 2019.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints (7-7) look to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Los Angeles Rams (7-7) this Thursday. Both teams are heading into the short week after decisive Week 15 victories at home.

Here are three numbers you need to know heading into the Saints’ Thursday Night Matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

7 Sacks

What does it mean: Sacks recorded by the Saints’ defense against the New York Giants

Why should I care:

The Saints found what they needed the most on defense: pressure. Dennis Allen’s defense managed to sack Giants’ quarterback Tommy DeVito seven times - a season-high for the defense. Although the Saints’ defense has been great at forcing turnovers this season, there has been a lack of consistent quarterback pressure. You could see the immediate impact the quarterback pressure made on the game and how it also affected New York’s ability to run. If the Saints can once again pressure Rams QB Matthew Stafford, then the Saints could snag a third straight victory.


What does it mean: New Orleans’ red zone touchdown efficiency against the New York Giants

Why should I care:

In a shocking turn of events, the Saints did not settle for field goals this week. Derek Carr and the Who Dats were in the red zone twice and came away with two touchdowns. Carr also connected with Juwan Johnson for a 23-yard touchdown. What the offense did against a decent New York defense was remarkable, especially without receivers Chris Olave and Michael Thomas. Pete Carmichael must keep his foot on the gas against the Rams, who will absolutely take advantage of missed opportunities. Last year, the Saints had a 50% red zone efficiency against the Rams in a 27-20 victory, but it might take a bit more this time around.

27 Carries

What does it mean: Carries from Los Angeles running back Kyren Williams last week

Why should I care:

On Sunday, the Rams ran their offense through running back Kyren Williams, and it paid off. He ran for an astounding 27 carriers for 152 yards and a touchdown. It was the first time a Rams RB ran for more than 25 carries since Sony Michel in 2021. The Saints will have to contain WIlliams and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Matt Stafford this Thursday. On Sunday, the Saints were able to contain Saquon Barkley and force Tommy Devito into uncomfortable third-and-longs. The Saints will have to repeat their stellar defensive performance once again and control another workhorse running back.